JUST IN: Van Dijk Is New Netherlands Captain
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been confirmed as the new captain of the Netherlands' national team.
The Liverpool website has announced.
The 26-year-old succeeds Arjen Robben as skipper following the Bayern Munich winger's retirement from international football last year.
He is set to wear the armband for the first time on Friday when the Dutch take on England in Amsterdam in new manager Ronald Koeman's first fixture in charge.
Van Dijk said: "[It is] great news, for me and my family. I am very happy with it, it is a great honour to be the captain of your country."
He then added on working again with Koeman, “Everyone knows that Koeman gave me the chance at Southampton, I am very grateful to him. This is very special.”
Koeman added, “It’s a nice step for Virgil, he gets more responsibility. He has the age and plays at a big club."
Georginio Wijnaldum, Kevin Strootman and Daley Blind are the back-up captains