De Jong proud to return for Holland

De Jong was excluded from the squad last year for Euro 2012 qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden amid anger over a tackle he made on Hatem Ben Arfa.

The challenge, which was not deemed a foul by referee Martin Atkinson, occurred during a Barclays Premier League match between City and Newcastle in October and left Ben Arfa with a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg.

Van Marwijk criticised De Jong strongly at the time, saying: "I have a problem with the way Nigel needlessly looks to push the limit."

But the Holland coach has now welcomed De Jong back into the fold for the friendly against Austria in Eindhoven on February 9.

The 26-year-old told ManC, the official City magazine: "I never gave up on the chance of representing my country again and never would because I'm very proud to play for Holland."

Source: PA

Source: PA