Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, it has been announced this afternoon, has been appointed the new captain of the Netherlands National squad. This announcement caps off quite a year for the man who became the most expensive defender in World Football in the latest transfer window.
Virgil van Dijk has been confirmed as the new captain of the Netherlands’ national team. 🙌
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 22, 2018
From a Saint to Captain Virgil van Dijk
The Netherland’s Football Association has announced that Virgil van Dijk is now to be their captain van Dijk. Ronald Koeman takes charge of his first match as Oranje boss on Friday in a friendly against England. The Netherlands failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup and are looking to rebuild their squad.
Koeman knows van Dijk from his time as Southampton manager and van Dijk is delighted to be given this opportunity. He stated, ”To be named international captain of Holland is very special and does a lot for me. It’s going to be very special. Against England is a little bit more special.”
Van Dijk made his International debut in 2015 against Kazakhstan and has 16 caps to his name so far.
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ZEIST, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 20: Virgil van Dijk of Netherlands looks on during the Netherlands Training session held at KNVB Sportcentrum on March 20, 2018 in Zeist, Netherlands. The Netherlands will play England in a International Friendly match on March 23 in the Amsterdam ArenA. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)