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Van Gerwen keen to restore Dutch pride in World Cup of Darts

Dutch superstar Van Gerwen celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen admits he would love to give the Dutch fans some World Cup glory after they missed out in football.

The deadly Dutch duo of Van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld are bidding to successfully retain the title and equal England's record tally of four PDC World Cup wins.

Having been cheered on by footballer Robin van Persie as he won the Unibet Premier League title a fortnight ago, Van Gerwen was invited by manager Ronald Koeman to visit the Dutch squad on Sunday.

It was the perfect boost for MVG, who admitted: "Of course my own tournament comes first but it's unfortunate that we don't go to the football World Cup. 

"I think it's a little bit smaller our World Cup than the football one!

"But it would be nice to win it and give the Dutch fans something else to cheer about this summer without the football. Winning is always nice. I live for winning trophies and that's my goal this week.

"I invited Robin over for the Premier League finals at the O2 because I know he is always very supportive of Dutchmen in other sports. He's a very nice man and a phenomenal player in his own game.

"Could I see him in the crowd? I couldn't miss him, he was in the front row! That was one of my best performances ever, but I don't think it was a statement to the rest of the world.

"I have made a lot of statements over the last few years and the rest of the players know what they have to do if they want to beat me.”



Van Gerwen, 29, was also presented with a signed shirt bearing his name as a memento of the visit, which came ahead of the Netherlands' friendly in Slovakia on Thursday.

Mighty Mike may have lost out to Dimitri Van den Bergh in a shock World Series defeat in Germany last weekend, but he insists he is hungry for more glory.

"It's about winning titles, that’s the only thing that counts. What else do I want? To keep winning more, simple," he added.

"I keep myself hungry and that’s what you have to do if you want to be the best. You cannot slow down that’s for sure.

"Maybe the Premier League was a statement to show I'm number one. But I don’t think I need to make any more statements, I’ve made a few over the last few years.

"Other players know what they have to do if they want to beat me. Of course I can have days off and there are other great players like Gary Anderson, Rob Cross and Raymond van Barneveld but any tournament I’m in I want to win."


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