Lazio and Netherlands centre-back Stefan De Vrij spoke to the NOS ahead of the upcoming friendly matches against England and Portugal.

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De Vrij worked under Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord and told NOS that he is pleased to see his former boss take over at Oranje. He also put his name forward for the captains armband.

He said, ”We are pleased to be here and we have confidence under new Dutch national team manager Ronald Koeman. We are in a good phase of development.

”We are training at the new KNVB headquarters and it’s very impressive. It provides are real togetherness and we can focus on our football.

”It’s been four years since I last worked with Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord and I can only be positive about working with him.

”Our new captain is still to be named. Who would not want to be captain of the Dutch national team? That is an honour for anyone.

”I was captain of the Dutch national team before the World Cup 2014 in a friendly against Ecuador after Robin van Persie was subbed off and it was a wonderful experience.”

De Vrij’s club future is much talked about in the media with the defender set to leave Lazio at the end of the season. He said on the speculation, ”I am currently on international duty and I want to finish the season with Lazio as strongly as possible.

”I understand rumors regarding next season but for me it is about the here and now. I read a lot on internet and a lot of it is nonsense but I can’t control what people write about me.”

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