Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart became the fifth most capped Dutchman in history last night when he turned out for Bert van Marwijk’s Holland in their 1-0 win over Turkey. The match saw him win his 88th cap, which moves him ahead of former fifth-placed Clarence Seedorf, according to Imscouting.com.
All 88 of his appearances have come since 2001, and at just 27 the new Spurs cult hero is likely to win many more. The current all-time most capped star is goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar on 130 caps, with Frank de Boer the most capped outfielder on 112.
Bale: Extra attention difficult.
Gareth Bale has admitted the extra attention he has received in the wake of his superb early season form has been difficult to deal with. Bale has become a much sought-after commodity after showing his brilliance in the matches with European champions Inter Milan in the Champions League this season, and opposing sides have attempted to utilise two players to mark him.
According to Sky Sports, the Welsh winger told The Sun: “It has been difficult for me recently when teams have had two players marking me. In a way I’ve got to try to find another way to get past them. I did that against Blackburn and I was delighted.”
Kranjcar hopes he impressed.
Niko Kranjcar’s superb performance in Croatia’s 3-0 victory over Malta will not change his situation at Spurs – and that is according to the player himself.
The former Portsmouth midfielder has struggled to hold down a regular spot in Harry Redknapp’s side so far this season, and has admitted that he will be heading for the White Hart Lane exit door in January.
The player is quoted on Sky Sports as saying: “I hope that the people from Tottenham saw this game. But I don’t expect too much. I guess nothing will change at my club. If my status didn’t change after our (Croatia) game against Israel, I don’t think it will now. I am not the owner of my contract so I have to wait and hope for better days. But of course my wish is to play, at Tottenham or somewhere else.”