Robin van Persie's double for the Netherlands came as significant boost for club and country, with the brace reinforcing Oranje's claims for a place at next year's World Cup, while also signalling to Manchester United fans that his goal drought is over.

Van Persie has found the net just once in his last 11 games for the Premier League leaders, having plundered 22 before that, but three goals in his past two outings for his country suggest he is back to somewhere near his best.

The 29-year-old's two strikes against Romania on Tuesday evening also represented a significant milestone for Van Persie, as the Manchester United striker moved past Johan Cruyff in his nation's list of international goalscorers.

Cruyff found the net 33 times in 48 appearances for the Netherlands during an illustrious international career, while Van Persie has reached a tally of 34 strikes in his 74 appearances for the country of his birth.

All things going to plan, Van Persie could be the record goalscorer in the history of the Netherlands national team by the time they reach the World Cup in Brazil in the summer of next year, as he closes in on Patrick Kluivert at the top of the pile.

Van Persie is one of several prominent international figures who are on course to end their international careers as the most prolific players in the history of their respective nations. GMF takes a look at five players who could do just that in the next few years, including Van Persie himself.

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