Holland head coach Danny Blind insists it is not a slight on Robin van Persie's leadership skills that he has replaced him as captain with Arjen Robben.
The Oranje are preparing to face Iceland in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifying clash and Blind sees Bayern Munich winger as a key player on the field.
But the fact Van Persie has agreed to revert to the vice-captain's role offers him plenty of reason to be cheerful.
Ahead of Thursday's tie at Ajax's Amsterdam ArenA, with Holland sitting five points adrift...
Eidur Gudjohnsen celebrated his return from international retirement by setting Iceland on their way to a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in European Championship qualifying group A.
The Bolton striker opened the scoring before Birkir Bjarnason's double completed a comfortable win.
Victory ensured Iceland remained second in the table behind the Czech Republic, and ahead of World Cup semi-finalists Holland.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson saw a long-range shot saved and Gafurzhan Suyumbayev responded in kind for...
The Czech Republic maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2016 qualifying while condemning Iceland to a first defeat of the campaign with a 2-1 win in Plzen.
Iceland had stunned Holland with a 2-0 win last time out and looked set to continue their good run of form when Ragnar Sigurdsson headed them into the lead after nine minutes.
But Pavel Kaderabek equalised in first-half stoppage-time and a mistake from goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson contributed to a Jon Dadi Bodvarsson own-goal which...