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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.
Hungary manager Sandor Egervori had his offer of resignation accepted after his side's 8-1 loss to Holland.
Egervori's men were well placed to qualify for the World Cup play-offs prior to the clash, starting the night in second, but they ended it wounded and in fourth.
Norwich's Leroy Fer has been called up to the Holland squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers after fellow midfielders Jonathan de Guzman and Stijn Schaars were ruled out through injury.
Italy and Holland became the first European teams to book their places at next summer's World Cup finals.
Italy had to come from behind to seal their place with two games to spare after former Lazio frontman Libor Kozak fired Czech Republic ahead after 19 minutes in Turin.
Giorgio Chellini headed the Azzurri level on 52 minutes, when Petr Cech failed to deal with a corner, before Mario Balotelli stroked home the winning penalty moments later.
Robin van Persie sent Holland through to Brazil with a second-half double in a 2-0 win over Andorra.
After Turkey beat Romania 2-0 in Bucharest earlier in the evening, the Dutch knew victory would be enough to confirm their place in the World Cup finals.
Louis van Gaal felt his Holland players tired during their draw with Portugal.
"In the first half we created as many chances as Portugal did," he said.
"After the break we had possession and played very badly. We could not hold the ball and we saw the candle going out with some of the guys."