Mon. Feb 18th, 2019

Koeman puts stamp on Holland team by making Van Dijk captain


Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to lead Holland as Ronald Koeman names him captain for 'special' England game

  • Ronald Koeman will take charge of his first Holland game against England
  • He has made Virgil van Dijk his captain ahead of the match on Friday
  • Koeman signed Van Dijk during his time as Southampton manager

Press Association Reporter

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been confirmed as Holland's new captain Ronald Koeman.

The former Southampton and Everton boss takes charge of his first match as the Orange boss when England arrives for a friendly in Amsterdam on Friday.

Ahead of the match, Koeman has confirmed Van Dijk – a player he worked with at St Mary's – as his new captain.

Virgil van Dijk has been named Holland captain ahead of their fixture with England

Van Dijk has chosen to lead Holland's new era after having failed to qualify for World Cup

Van Dijk has chosen to lead Holland's new era after having failed to qualify for World Cup

Ronald Koeman was the man who brought Van Dijk to the Premier League in 2015

Ronald Koeman was the man who brought Van Dijk to the Premier League in 2015

'To be named international captain of Holland is very special and does a lot for me,' Van Dijk said.

'It's going to be very special. Against England is a little bit more special. "

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