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Mark van Bommel says the exile that saw him miss Euro 2008 means he will not put himself forward to captain Netherlands following the World Cup finals.
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Sunday's final between Netherlands and Spain will be the final game in the career of current captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Van Bommel was thought to be a leading contender to step into the role having won 62 caps and assumed an important position in the centre of midfield.
But Van Bommel missed Euro 2008 after falling out with then coach Marco van Basten and feels there are more deserving candidates in the Netherlands squad.
"I don't want to be the captain of Oranje after the World Cup," Van Bommel told De Telegraaf. "I haven't made any international appearances for a period of two years and I think other players deserve it more.
"There are several players who have made more international appearances and I don't really have the ambition to be the new skipper. My decision has nothing to do with the fact that Bert van Marwijk is my father-in-law. I do admit that there was a lot of pressure when I returned to Oranje. I couldn't afford to play a single bad game."
Of the current Netherlands squad, only Wesley Sneijder (67), Dirk Kuyt (69) and Rafael van der Vaart (82) have won more caps than Van Bommel.