Arjen Robben is proud to be the new Netherlands captain, but has stated his new role will not change him as a person.

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robben nedmdNew Netherlands coach Danny Blind decided to name Arjen Robben as his captain last month, replacing Robin van Persie, who has held the armband for the past two years.

On his new role, Robben told a press conference, “I won’t be behaving differently now that I am the captain,”

“The only difference is that I’m now the official captain of the national team.

“As I said before, that makes me very proud and is a big honour. But, apart from that, I won’t change as a person.”

Robben’s first game as captain is the crucial European Championship qualifier against Iceland on Thursday, and the winger has warned his teammates to stick to their game plan.

He said, “Everybody in the team knows what is expected of us and we are well prepared, but we have to be careful not to get overexcited. So that means we have to stick to our tasks and game plan.

“With a lot of passion, but not in a way it will affect our game. That’s something important to remember.”

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