Wesley Sneijder to captain Holland in Robin van Persie’s absence

Wesley Sneijder to captain Holland in Robin van Persie’s absence

Wesley Sneijder has been named as captain of the Dutch national team for their upcoming fixtures against Turkey and Spain in the absence of Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben.

Manchester United striker van Persie remains out of action having injured himself in the 2-1 defeat to Swansea City in February.

Sneidjer was originally Louis van Gaal’s captain when he took over as the Netherlands coach in 2012 but he later transferred the responsibility to van Persie.

The 63-year-old has since joined van Persie at Man United, where he has guided the team to fourth in the Premier League.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the Netherland’s performances in their next two games to see how United midfielder Daley Blind gets on.

It is also worth looking out for Memphis Depay and Nigel de Jong, who have both been linked with moves to Old Trafford this season.

Van Persie’s absence hasn’t really affected United, with the team instead pushing on to record impressive victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

With Wayne Rooney rediscovering his scoring form since replacing van Persie up front, it is far from certain whether the 31-year-old will reclaim his place in the starting XI.

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