Robin van Persie has defended under-fire boss Guus Hiddink after Netherlands were defeated for the second time in qualifying for the European Championships.

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van p icerNetherlands were defeated 2-0 in Iceland on Monday night to leave the Dutch six points off the two automatic qualification spots for the European Championships in 2016.

Guus Hiddink has now lost three of his opening four matches since taking over from Louis van Gaal in the summer, but Robin van Persie has stood by the under fire coach.

Speaking to NOS after the match, Van Persie was asked if the national team missed Van Gaal’s leadership.

Van Persie responded, “That’s not fair towards Guus and his staff. Guus is a fantastic coach. We see that every day.”

“It is very painful to lose here in this way,”

“We have actually been dangerous in a way. We know what to do, but the execution is not good. ”

The Netherlands captain concluded, “”We must keep hope. Nothing has been decided yet. It’s an honour for everyone here to play for Oranje. We won’t give up.”

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