Van Persie appointed Holland skipper

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie takes over as captain of Holland for this week's friendly in Portugal.

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie takes over as captain of Holland for this week's friendly in Portugal.

New coach Louis van Gaal has overseen the resurgence in Dutch fortunes and the veteran tactician refuses to shirk from tough decisions, most recently dropping skipper Wesley Sneijder for reported lack of fitness.

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