Holland coach Van Gaal appoints Sneijder as new captain

AFP, Tuesday 14 Aug 2012

Wesley Sneijder replaces Mark van Bommel as Holland’s new skipper

Wesley Sneijder

Holland's freshly appointed coach Luis Van Gaal has named Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder as his new captain for Wednesday's friendly against Belgium and for the upcoming World Cup qualification campaign, he said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old who won the 2010 Champions League under Jose Mourinho before helping Holland to the World Cup final in South Africa counts 87 caps and 24 goals to his name and takes over from previous captain Mark Van Bommel, who is not included in Van Gaal's latest squad.

He made his international debut in 2003 as a 19-year-old whilst playing for Ajax before going into a two-year spell at Real Madrid, where he won the 2008 Liga crown.

He joined Inter Milan in 2009 and helped the club win the treble in 2010 when they took the Serie A crown, Italian Cup and Champions League, ironically winning 2-0 over Bayern Munich at his former home ground in Madrid.

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