The Feyenoord captain is a towering figure in the heart of any defence, with his power in the air making his a useful option as either a starter or a replacement to the established names at the back for Holland.
This former AZ Alkmaar star has been a senior Dutch international since 2005, but he has barely been involved in the set-up under Guus Hiddink or Dick Advocaat in recent years, partly due to serious injury problems. However, he has returned just in time to take in the Euro
2012 action and he is clearly revelling in his surprise inclusion in the Holland squad.
“It was not looking like I would be part of this Holland squad any time soon, but here is a call at an unexpected moment,” says the defender who worked with Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk during his time as Feyenoord coach.