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Arjen Robben targeting World Cup glory for Holland

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Netherlands forward Arjen Robben believes his national side possess what it takes to win the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Brazil.

The Oranje were runners-up in the last tournament - where Andres Iniesta's lone goal in extra-time won the 2010 final for Spain in South Africa.

But Robben, who was a key player during Holland's rout to last hurdle three years ago, is very confident his side can go one better this time around.

"Our final goal is to become world champions in Brazil," the 29-year-old told reporters.

"It's a realistic target and we won't go there with the attitude to just see how far we can get.

"We must survive the group stage and if we progress, the world title is our dream."

Ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Japan, the Bayern Munich ace also warned that their 15-games unbeaten run will be put to the test.

That's why he is calling for his teammates to replicate their effort in South Africa and ensure that they focus fully on the task at hand.

"These matches are not about getting points, but they're important," he stressed.

"These are two countries you can end up playing against in Brazil. Most people talk about Colombia, because they're that high on the Fifa ranking, but maybe Japan is even an more difficult opponent.

"I know a lot of players from the Bundesliga. Besides that, [Keisuke] Honda and [Shinji] Kagawa are very good players."

Moreover, with Robin van Persie's withdrawal from the squad, Robben is now captain for the looming friendlies. The former Chelsea winger was quick to express his delight at being given the armband, and is relishing the test.

"It's an honour to be captain of your country," he added.

"It's the most beautiful thing.

"I don't feel extra pressure, maybe a bit of positive pressure. I know what people are expecting from me. I won't change because of the captaincy. I will stay myself."

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