Holland coach Louis van Gaal has dropped a fresh hint that he would welcome an approach from Tottenham following theWorld Cup finals
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One of the finest goals of international week graced the Stade de France, where PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi's penalty-box acrobatics sealed a 2-0 win over the Netherlands.
Karim Benzema has given France the lead.
Mark van Bommel has taken his first steps in management after being named on the coaching staff of the Holland Under-17 team.
Van Bommel, 36, retired from playing at the end of last season after a stellar career at club and international level that saw him capped 79 times by Holland and win league titles at PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Holland winger Arjen Robben admits it will be a special moment if he is handed the captaincy for this weekend''s friendly against Japan.
– Arjen Robben speaking to De Telegraaf
The captaincy is something special.
I may have done it before a few times but that was only after half-time when Robin had come off the pitch. Now it is likely to be from the start.
This will be a unique moment. Playing for Holland is the ultimate for a Dutch player and if you are then made captain on the pitch, it gives you a feeling of pride.
Robin van Persie has pulled out of the Holland squad due to toe and groin injuries.
The striker played 85 minutes and scored the winner as Manchester United beat his former club Arsenal on Sunday but he has been deemed not fit enough for the international double-header over the next week.
Typical. You wait for one Beckhamesque halfway-line lob and two come along at once. This came from the foot of Austrian Under-21 forward Robert Zulj, following hard on the heels of Liam Kelly's similar effort for Ireland's Under-19s.