Fer gives inside line on Netherlands squad

From the team hard man to 'Santa Claus' and the resident DJ, Leroy Fer took time out on the beach to talk UEFA.com through the Netherlands squad in Israel.

The self-proclaimed joker, DJ and dancer, Leroy Fer took time out on the beach in Tel Aviv to speak to UEFA.com. The FC Twente midfielder talked us through his Netherlands team-mates – from the fastest member of the squad to the player most likely to become a coach.

Fastest …
That's my cousin, Patrick van Aanholt, who plays for Chelsea in the UK. He is always betting with everybody that he's the fastest, but I think he is.

Hard man …
I think [Kevin] Strootman. He is the captain. He is the hard man. He is always concentrated and always focused, which is also why he is the team captain.

Strongest …
Yes, that would be me! That would be me! No, no… I think Nick Marsman, the second or third goalkeeper.

Most skilful …
Georginio Wijnaldum. He is also a good friend of mine. He is a very good player – skilful, technical, very smart. I think he's a player every trainer wants to have in their team. A No10, he can play on the right, but he's basically a No10, so behind the striker, and very skilful.

Team DJ …
That's also me. Before the game there is always my music on. It's always a club mix so everybody likes it.

Kevin Strootman watches on
Kevin Strootman watches on©Sportsfile

Most likely to be a coach …
A player? I think Strootman [looking at] the way he thinks. He can be a laugh, but also when you have to focus he's focused and concentrated. He's the captain so I believe he can also be a coach.

Best nickname …
This guy, Jordi Clasie. We call him Santa Claus because his last name is Clasie. We also have Patrick, 'Pata'; 'Gini', Georginio Wijnaldum; they call me 'Lera', Leroy. Yes, there are a lot.

Best dancer ...
That would be me, for sure! No, no, no. No, no, no. [laughs] I have to dance with somebody and my girlfriend is not here.