Liverpool’s brilliant central defender Virgil van Dijk is set to be named the Netherlands full-time captain.
talkSPORT claim our 26-year-old will be given the armband full-time, with former skipper Arjen Robben retiring from international duty at the end of last season.
Van Dijk is expected to start both Netherland’s upcoming friendlies with England and Portugal, where he’ll first lead his side out against Gareth Southgate’s men at the Amsterdam Arena, before travelling to Geneva in Switzerland to take Cristiano Ronaldo and co.
The giant centre-back has been a revelation since signing from Southampton for £75m.
He’s already the leader of our backline and has visibly improved those around him, especially keeper Loris Karius, who now sprints out of his goal and sweeps up at the instruction of van Dijk.
Many Liverpool fans would like him to take our captaincy from next season, but Jurgen Klopp is not going to disrespect Jordan Henderson or James Milner like that – with a policy of giving the armband to the longest serving player when both Englishman are unavailable.