Hiddink: Robben and Van Persie will remain captains

The new Netherlands coach is enthusiastic about his time in charge of the World Cup semifinalist and has paid tribute to predecessor Louis van Gaal.
New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink says that Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie will remain key leaders of his side going forward.

The Manchester United striker and the Bayern Munich winger shone for Oranje as they reached the World Cup semifinals under Louis van Gaal this summer.

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Hiddink, who led his country to the last four at the 1998 edition of the competition, has paid tribute to his predecessor and is looking to build on the blueprint the former Bayern Munich coach set out as he looks towards Euro 2016.

"It's too early to talk about technical decisions," he said at his unveiling. "Robben and Van Persie were very important so I think they will remain captains. I can't say in what order yet. I want to give a big compliment to Van Gaal, his staff and the players. It was very important that we got a good result in Brazil.

"People abroad got a thrill out of this team and people were also more enthusiastic in our own country. If it's possible, we want to play attacking and dominant football, but you have to be realistic as well. Realistic football can also be beautiful."

Van Gaal's assistant Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy will be back up to Hiddink and the former Turkey and South Korea boss is enthusiastic about what they can bring to the fold.

"I'm very glad that Blind and Van Nistelrooy are on my staff. I was very excited after talks with them."