Football: Ex-captain Sneijder snubbed for Dutch friendly, RVP gets arm-band
AMSTERDAM (AP) - Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has left Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder out of the squad for next week's friendly against Portugal, though he said on Friday that the player has the talent to return when he is fit.
The Dutchman last month demoted Sneijder from his job as team captain, saying he was not in sufficiently good shape. Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is the new Oranje captain for the Aug 14 match.
Sneijder has complained that the coach did not call him to tell him he was being left off the preliminary roster last month.
"I have the idea he doesn't get it," van Gaal said when asked about those remarks at a news conference.