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Sneijder eager for fresh start

13 August 2012 23:33

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder is looking forward to working under new national team coach Louis van Gaal.

The Dutch experienced a disastrous Euro 2012 campaign and lost all three of their group games to crash out in the first stage.

The failure cost Bert van Marwijk his job and Inter Milan playmaker Sneijder believes it was the right time for a change of management.

Speaking about his expectations with the Dutch squad in the future, Sneijder told Algemeen Dagblad: "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."

Sneijder is yet to work under Van Gaal and is not sure what to expect from the former Barcelona coach.

He also said he is prepared to assume the Netherlands captaincy should Van Gaal make the offer.

"I've never worked with him before," said the 28-year-old of Van Gaal. "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."

Van Gaal took charge of his first training session on Monday as his side

prepare for a friendly international with Belgium on Wednesday.

Netherlands kick off their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with games against Turkey and Hungary in September.

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