The Dutch coach called Liverpoolverdediger Virgil van Dijk to the captain.
The 26-year-old Virgil van Dijk was for too long overlooked by the Dutch top clubs, after the robust central defender in 2013, FC Groningen swapped for the Scottish football club Celtic. But that can also be said of several Dutch coaches, that the startling performance Of the Dike between 2015 and 2017, the Premier Leagueclub Southampton not noticed.
For Ronald Koeman were the only sixteen national football team, however, is not a problem to the defender in december 2017, 85 million euro to Liverpool lured with a commitment to 2023 and thus the most expensive defensive player ever – against England and Portugal the most prestigious bracelet to stop.
Van Dijk was the preferred choice to more established names such as Kevin Strootman, Georginio Wijnaldum or Stefan the Free. International baggage may be limited, he has over the content and appearance of a future international top player.
With his choice as the successor to Arjen Robben wants Koeman like a new era. of the reason that were Daley Blind, Wijnaldum and Strootman – without hierarchy – designated as reserves for the aanvoerdersband.
On the NOS, by journalist Bert Maalderink, gave Koeman the three characteristics are the deciding factor gave to Van Dijk to slide as the new leader of Orange. ‘Virgil has a good age, playing at a big club and can assume this responsibility. The old international speaks from experience, for he worked with the central defender clubs at The Saints.
Another remarkable fact: Koeman, Robben and Van Dijk all stem from the school of FC Groningen. The North-Dutch people may be proud of.