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Heitinga has been Netherlands main choice as a defender since his international debut in 2004 after previously representing various youth squads. He started off his career with Ajax Amsterdam coming through their youth ranks. The 2008 Dutch footballer of the year also had spells with Atletico Madrid, Everton, Fulham and Hertha Berlin. The 31-year-old revealed that he has an Indonesian descendant through his father with Sumatran origin.