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Koeman names Van Dijk new Netherlands captain

Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman has named Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk his new captain.

NEWS
22 Mar 2018, 22:20 IST
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Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk is the new Netherlands national team captain, coach Ronald Koeman has confirmed.

The Liverpool centre-back became the most expensive defender in history when he joined from Koeman's former club Southampton for £75million in January.

And the 26-year-old has now been announced as the successor to Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, who retired from international football after Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

"[It is] great news, for me and my family," said Van Dijk, who will lead his country against England in Amsterdam on Friday.

"I am very happy with it, it is a great honour to be the captain of your country."

Georginio Wijnaldum, Kevin Strootman and Daley Blind have been appointed by Koeman as deputies to Van Dijk.

"This is a nice step for him," Koeman explained of Van Dijk becoming Netherlands captain. 

"He has a good age and plays at a big club, he can take on this responsibility."

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