Eljero Elia: "Werder is the foundation for everything"
05.09.2012, 20:25:07 Uhr
Eljero Elia played his last match for the Netherlands on 11 October 2011 against Sweden.
Eljero Elia only watched the 2012 European Championship on television at home. After 26 previous caps for the Netherlands, the 25-year-old was not selected for the tournament in Ukraine and Poland by then Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk. The winger also could not find any luck with his former club Juventus Turin. He needed a new start, and the offer from SV Werder came at just the right time. Elia has now been a Green-White for nearly two months. And it's been a great time. "Werder is the foundation for everything. If I play well here, score goals and have assists, then I have good chances of returning to the national team," said Elia.
Elia can actually be happy about not being in Holland's squad for the Euro as the Elftal were eliminated in the first round of a major tournament for the first time in 32 years. With zero points from three matches, it was a historical moment from a negative standpoint. And the consequence was Louis van Gaal taking over the Dutch national team early in August of this year. And the former Bayern Munich coach would also like to have a new start for the Oranje - though at the moment still without Elia.
Eljero Elia in action during a training session.
But the 25-year-old would like to play his way back into the Elftal with consistently good showings with Werder. "The national team is still being lined up. The best players will be on hand. I have to be in good form to be part of that circle. I want to get back into the national team in the next two, three months," said the offensive player. Maybe it's even a slight advantage that "Elli" can remain along the Weser to get more accustomed to his new team. "I know the language, have really integrated myself and am in a good mood. It wouldn't be a disadvantage to play for Holland right now," said the all-arounder.
But until it gets that far, Elia will have to follow the Elftal games on TV - starting again on Friday when the Dutch start their World Cup qualification in Turkey. Elia's teammate Mehmet Ekici could be in the game. "We didn't talk about the game. I'm not playing. I cannot give him any tips because I don't know how Holland are doing. Of course I hope that my country wins. For Memo, I would hope that he plays a good match," said "Elli" about the showdown in Group D.