Ruud not giving up

GERMANY - Ruud van Nistelrooy has not given up hope of being picked for the Dutch World Cup squad, the SV Hamburg striker said yesterday.

GERMANY - Ruud van Nistelrooy has not given up hope of being picked for the Dutch World Cup squad, the SV Hamburg striker said yesterday.

"I was on the phone with the coach (Bert van Marwijk) on Monday. He didn't say that I wouldn't be at the World Cup," the Hamburger Morgenpost daily quoted Van Nistelrooy as saying.

Van Marwijk's squad for a first training camp next week did not include Van Nistelrooy.

The coach said that a final decision on whether the injury-plagued former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker is fit enough to play would not be made until next week. - Sapa-DPA

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