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Did Dirk Kuyt try to drown Arjen Robben?

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Dutch stars Arjen Robben and Dirk Kuyt took a break from preparing for their World Cup opener with Spain to mess about on a Brazilian beach.

But what presumably started out as a mild ankle dip quickly evolved into a full-blown wrestle in the shallow waves with photographic evidence suggesting that Kuyt tried to submerge his team-mate.

Robben is expected to operate on the right-hand side of an attacking midfielder trio for the Netherlands – a berth Kuyt would desperately love to fill.

Fortunately for the Fenerbahce forward, it’s quite clear that the pair's scrap is nothing more than a bit of light-hearted fun.

It did however show that, for once, the Dutch camp exuded harmony despite reports of disillusionment and a clash between Robben and Bruno Martins Indi on Monday.

The Dutch’s opener with Spain on June 13 is a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.

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