The change in manager for the Dutch squad brought up the question of captaincy once again. Whilst many would have us all believe that these things only matter for the English national team, it's newsworthy in other countries too. Robin van Persie was the obvious candidate, having been captain under previous manager Louis van Gaal, indeed many would have thought it a shock had Guus Hiddink decided to change things.
Van Persie has been left relieved after it was confirmed that the Manchester United striker will continue to wear the armband for his country. Other candidates had included Arjen Robben and the Bayern Munich player thought he had a good chance of being the one chosen.
However, he's not letting any disappointment distract from the job at hand and is quoted by De Telegraaf as saying "I have a number of times been allowed to wear the captain's armband and that is absolutely the best there is, but it's not that I assumed or expected it to be me. That Robin van Persie is the new captain is just. He has done well at the World Cup and we will continue doing it."
If Robben had been conforming to strict Dutch stereotype then he'd have thrown himself into a full sulk and the repercussions would be felt throughout the European qualifying campaign... perhaps culminating in all out warfare should his team make the tournament finals. Unfortunately, for those keen on that kind of once traditional behaviour from the Dutch squad, it looks like things are now much more harmonious with players less likely to be at each other's throats than unite as a team.
Manchester United fans will hope that captain Van Persie can find some form whilst leading his country. The striker has been off colour for his club for a while and if he wants to continue as a guaranteed starter then he needs to get back to something approaching his best. The Dutchman had an excellent start to the World Cup but his form, and that of his country's, dropped off.