Monday, 5th May, 2014

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has been brought in as an assistant to incoming Holland coach Guus Hiddink for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The 37-year-old, who retired from all forms of football in 2012, is expected to strengthen Hiddink's team with his vast experience of playing both at international as well as club level.

Besides scoring a total of 347 goals during his club career, the former Dutch international also added 35 goals in 70 appearances for the national team.

Van Nistelrooy on his part however, expressed his surprise at this sudden appointment, which will see him return to the national fold just years after retiring.


"It was a surprise call from Hiddink", the former Real Madrid player told UEFA's official site.

"I wasn't really expecting anything like that, but when a job like that comes by, it's an honour."

Speaking about the opportunity of working with Hiddink, Van Nistelrooy said: "Working with Hiddink, with his experience, for me, starting out as a coach, it's fantastic.

"I can use my experiences – how to deal with pressure, how I prepared, how I did things, situations that occurred – but that's general things that I can share with any player."

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