Virgil van Dijk handed over Euro 2020 role as Holland boss Frank de Boer makes him ‘unofficial backroom staff’ after Liverpool star’s failure to win fitness battle due to cruciate ligament injury
Injured Holland captain Virgil van Dijk will head to the European Championships this summer after reportedly being given a non-playing role.
Captain Van Dijk had to face the painful reality of not being ready in time for the tournament, having been out since October 2020 due to a horrific tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Now, the Netherlands have been looking for the best way to use Van Dijk at the tournament and the 29-year-old has been given an “unofficial backroom staff role”, according to the Mirror.
Virgil van Dijk travels to Euro 2020 with the Netherlands, despite not playing for his country
Van Dijk, who took the national team bracelet in 2018, will also continue the final stages of his rehabilitation at Holland’s training camp, as his teammates aim to become European champions.
It was first noted that Van Dijk was likely to play a part in the tournament following the Netherlands’ recent friendly against Scotland.
Despite his injury, Van Dijk was present and was allocated a seat just behind the main bench.
The Dutch captain is not fit again in time after tore his crucial knee ligament
Frank de Boer is now ready to leverage Van Dijk’s experience by giving him a non-playing role
The Liverpool man watched as his side saved a 2-2 draw, courtesy of Memphis Depay’s late equalizer.
Speaking of Van Dijk at his recent press conference, Holland boss De Boer said: “Virgil is so important to this squad and is a huge motivating factor that has always been important to the boys in recent years.
“The team loves his presence.”
Van Dijk made his debut in the Netherlands in 2015 and won 38 caps for his country, but has never played in an international tournament until now.