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Sneijder praises the Netherlands' team spirit

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder says he’s looking forward to working under new national team coach Louis van Gaal, but admits it’s difficult to perform for his country when he's sitting on the bench.

The Oranje experienced a disastrous Euro 2012 campaign as they lost all three of their groups games before heading home at the first hurdle, and the Inter Milan playmaker believes it was the right time for a change of management.

Sneijder told Algemeen Dagblad about his expectations with the Dutch squad in the future: "We all should accept things. It is hard when you play good at your club, but sit on the bench in Oranje. But only if we accept these things, is it possible to make a new start."

Louis van Gaal replaced Bert Van Marwijk as Dutch manager following the recent European Championships and the former Barcelona took charge of his first training session on Monday afternoon as his side prepare for the friendly with Belgium on Wednesday.

Attacking midfielder Sneijder was one of several experienced Netherlands internationals left frustrated by the country’s performances in Poland/Ukraine and admitted he was relishing the start of life under van Gaal.

"I've never worked with him before," said the 28-year-old. "Maybe he is another coach than Van Basten or Van Marwijk. Who should be the new captain? Somebody who can take the lead. Am I somebody like that? Well, I wouldn't say no."

Holland kicks off its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with tricky games against Turkey and Hungary in quick succession during September.


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