By Emma Sanders
Everton goalkeeper, Maarten Stekelenburg has admitted he made a costly mistake when he was beaten by Paul Pogba while playing for Holland.
The 34 year-old made a return to international football when he was selected to start against Belarus.
Stekelenburg was beaten by the Manchester United star’s strike which proved to be the winner in the clash against France last week.
“I said after the game that I should have saved that ball from Pogba but that happens,” Stekelenburg told the Liverpool Echo.
“I will not be the only goalkeeper to make mistakes and I will make more in my career.
“I am 34 so I have a few more years left and it won’t be my last mistake but the only thing you have to do is focus and train hard.”
The Everton keeper received a lot of criticism for the mistake and his position in the side was questioned by fans and some in the media.
However, following the incident while on international duty, Stekelenburg produced a stunning display to help his side record an important draw against the league leaders on Saturday.
Everton drew 1-1 with Manchester City after Romelu Lukaku’s strike broke the deadlock at the Etihad.
It was Stekelenburg’s heroics which saved a point for the Blues’ though as he made two superb penalty saves to deny Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
A late save against De Bruyne rounded off a magnificent performance and his mistake for Holland was quickly forgotten.
“You play a game like this and you have to give 24 interviews because you stopped two penalties but in another game it can be the other way round, so that’s football,” said Stekelenburg.
“Until that moment, I played well. It is four-and-a-half years since I last played for the national team before Friday.
“It is difficult to drop out of the national team and come back and I don’t think too many players can say that after four-and-a-half years and in the rest of the game, I think I played well.”