Van Nistelrooy 'surprised' at Netherlands offer

The striker admits the chance to work with the national side came completely out of the blue but says he can't wait to get started

Ruud van Nistelrooy has revealed his surprise at Guus Hiddink's offer to become assistant coach with the Netherlands after the World Cup.

With current boss Louis van Gaal set to step down after the tournament in Brazil later this year, Hiddink is due to take over for his second spell in charge of the national team for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

And Hiddink, who has spent time in charge of Real Madrid and Chelsea, as well as Russia, Australia and South Korea, asked Van Nistelrooy to join him as assistant.

The former striker, who scored 35 goals in 70 appearances for his country, admits the offer came as a shock.

"It was a surprise call from Hiddink," he told "I wasn't really expecting anything like that, but when a job like that comes by, it's an honour.

"Working with Hiddink, with his experience, for me, starting out as a coach, it's fantastic.

"Spending two years with him, with the Dutch national team, trying to help players improve - it can't get any better."

Van Nistelrooy then added the contribution he hopes to make to the national setup and highlighted areas he feels he can be of help.

"I'll be an assistant coach, so I'll be helping everyone, together with Danny Blind (assistant coach)," he added.

"I can use my experiences - how to deal with pressure, how I prepared, how I did things, situations that occurred - but that's general things that I can share with any player."