Virgil van Dijk is the new captain of the Dutch national team. The 26-year-old Liverpool defender will Friday night for the first time with the aanvoerdersband to the kick-off will appear for the friendly with England in the Amsterdam ArenA. “This is a great step for him”, declared the new Dutch coach, Ronald Koeman, his choice for Van Dijk. “He has a good age and plays at a big club. He can assume this responsibility.”
Koeman has a three second captains appointed. That his midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) and Kevin Strootman (AS Roma) and defender Daley Blind (Manchester United). “They are in the spelersraad and its players that I have a lot of expect. But with a new start I decided it was time for a new first captain.”
Van Dijk did not his best to camouflage how happy he was with the election. “Playing for your country is an honour, but to be the captain are totally different,” he said.
Koeman was looking for a captain because Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) not more for Orange wishes to come true. The coach has Wesley Sneijder (Al-Gharafa) to let us know that he is no longer needed.
Koeman worked with Van Dijk to Southampton, where the defender the attention of many top clubs have pulled. Eventually paid Liverpool in January, nearly 85 million euros for him, a record sum for a defender.