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Sports quiz of the week: England v Netherlands, Gareth Bale and meat

Who hit the heights in London? Who scored at Wembley? And who collapsed? Related: José Mourinho or Donald Trump: who said it? Ronald Koeman begins his tenure as the Netherlands manager against England at Wembley this weekend. In which year did Koeman …

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England fringe players get chance as Gareth Southgate seeks elusive plan

The manager says he is ‘not concerned’ about his side as the World Cup looms but England face the Netherlands burdened by a host of still unanswered questionsEighty days until the England team fly to the World Cup, Gareth Southgate leant back in his ch…

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Gareth Southgate reveals ‘disgusting’ racial abuse of young players

• Southgate says racism in England more of a concern than in Russia• ‘We’ve got to get our own house in order’ says England managerGareth Southgate claims England must address its own problems with racism before it can criticise Russia over the matter …

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England travel to Netherlands for friendly without Jack Wilshere

• Hopes of first cap since 2016 appear to have been dashed• Midfielder started training at St George’s Park on ThursdayJack Wilshere’s hopes of earning a first international cap since Euro 2016 appear to have been dashed after he failed to travel to Am…

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Ronald Koeman looks to bring something old and something new to Netherlands

Past master was schooled by the Dutch greats but has turned to youth as he tries to return his country to football’s top tableWatching Ronald Koeman’s press conference before the Netherlands’ friendly against England on Friday, it almost felt as though…

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Jordan Pickford set to wear England No 1 shirt against Netherlands

• Everton goalkeeper impresses England staff at St George’s Park• Gareth Southgate names four goalkeepers in squad for friendliesGareth Southgate is increasingly inclined to hand the No  1 shirt to Jordan Pickford for the friendly against the Neth…

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Jordan Pickford set to wear England No 1 shirt against Netherlands

• Everton goalkeeper impresses England staff at St George’s Park• Gareth Southgate names four goalkeepers in squad for friendliesGareth Southgate is increasingly inclined to hand the No  1 shirt to Jordan Pickford for the friendly against the Neth…

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The outsiders who deserve England call-ups – and the regulars who don’t

Gareth Southgate should be brave on Thursday when naming his England squad for friendlies with the Netherlands and ItalyBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkNick Pope Continue reading…

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Ronald Koeman set to be named Netherlands manager

• Dutch legend was sacked by Everton in October• Koeman won 78 caps for his country and won Euro ‘88The former Everton manager Ronald Koeman is set to be named as the new Netherlands national team coach, according to reports in his homeland.Dutch media…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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Holland’s Memphis Depay sinks Scotland on Malky Mackay’s debut

Malky Mackay is not staying on as Scotland coach but hopes to have helped shape “the future” of his national team. Mackay, in interim charge while a permanent successor to Gordon Strachan is sought, took pride from a 1-0 friendly defeat to Holland at P…

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The decline of Holland: how Dutch are doomed by total obsession with past | Priya Ramesh

Nostalgia, arrogance and an insular group of legends turned coaches have stalled the once potent Oranje Machine and results and style have sufferedIn Graham Swift’s novel Waterland his narrator, a history teacher going through a mid-life crisis, says: …

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Arjen Robben: how Holland will miss the wonderful master of cutting inside

The winger could be annoying at times with his tendency to fall over too easily but after 14 years of playing for the Oranje he will be remembered for what he is: a simply outstanding footballer

“Fourteen years is a long time. ‘The Man of Glass’ lasted the longest” – Arjen Robben probably summed it up best himself. After an international career with 37 goals in 96 matches for Holland the 33-year-old bade farewell to the Oranje on Tuesday night. Early on in his career, he had been mocked for getting injured too often but in the end there was just a sense of loss. The Dutch had not only failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer, they now have to try to regroup without the one outstanding player they have at their disposal. Because make no mistake, Robben is an extraordinary player and, as with so many others, perhaps he will only be fully appreciated now that he has left.

Related: Portugal and France reach World Cup as Holland and Arjen Robben bow out

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Portugal and France reach World Cup as Holland and Arjen Robben bow out

• Portugal snatch top spot in Group B with 2-0 victory against Switzerland
• Robben retires from internationals after Sweden pip Holland to play-off place

The European champions, Portugal, qualified for next year’s World Cup with a convincing 2-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday after an own goal by Johan Djourou set them on their way.

The Swiss defender put the ball into his own net four minutes before half-time and André Silva sealed the victory in the 57th minute as Portugal pulled level on 27 points with Switzerland and won Group B on goal difference.

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France, Portugal and Holland in World Cup 2018 qualifying action – live!

Updates from the World Cup qualifiers in groups A, B and HLive scores: all the goals as they go in around EuropeEmail john.ashdown@theguardian.com. Tweet @John_Ashdown 8.10pm BST Unhappy scenes coming through from Tallinn as Bosnia-Herzegovina support…

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Holland see off Belarus but need miracle after Sweden’s rout of Luxembourg

• Dutch left needing seven-goal win over Sweden to reach World Cup play-offs
• Belgium beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in significant Group H showdown

Holland’s chances of reaching the World Cup finals are almost certainly over, with Saturday night’s results meaning Dick Advocaat’s team need to beat Sweden by seven goals on Tuesday to reach the play-offs, while Bosnia-Herzegovina’s dramatic 4-3 home defeat by Belgium in Sarajevo had implications well beyond their hopes of finishing second in Group H.

The Dutch won 3-1 in Belarus in Group A but look set to miss out on their second major tournament in a row because of their inferior goal difference. Sweden’s 8-0 thrashing of Luxembourg in Solna gives them a goal-difference superiority over Holland of 12 goals and they have also scored more, so would advance if goal difference was level. The Al Ain striker Marcus Berg scored four times and the captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty in each half in the Swedes’ biggest victory since 1938.

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Belarus v Holland, Bulgaria v France: World Cup 2018 qualifiers – live!

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41 min Bulgaria have been much better in the last 10 minutes. They haven’t created much, apart from that chance for Popov a few minutes ago, but the signs are much better.

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37 min Hugo Lloris redeems his own error with a superb save. He fumbled a long-range shot which kicked up a little awkwardly off the pitch. When the loose ball was knocked back into the six-yard box by Delev, Popov twisted his body to head towards goal and Lloris reacted admirably to paw it away.

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Ryan Babel’s Holland return may prove bittersweet after years of wasted talent | Jacob Steinberg

The Besiktas player is back in the Dutch squad for the first time since 2011, and the intervening six years have seen Babel and Holland slip into decline

On 28 August 2015, a little over five years since he watched from the bench as Holland lost the World Cup final to Spain, Ryan Babel got himself caught up in a Twitter storm. Babel aimed a dig at Rafael Benítez, the man who brought him to Liverpool, and then he ended up sparking a sexism furore after an ill-advised response to a female fan who had disagreed with the initial post from a stagnant 28-year-old footballer who had seen better days.

Related: What formation did Holland’s Total Football side actually play?

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Virgil van Dijk has ‘no regrets’ over transfer request and open to January move

• ‘Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible’
• Southampton defender linked with move to Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk has risked his “reintegration” at Southampton by insisting he has “no regrets” over his failed move to Liverpool and reiterated his desire to leave, possibly in January.

The Holland centre-half handed in a transfer request in August and made it plain he wanted a move to Anfield. Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach as the transfer collapsed and the Merseyside club were forced into a grovelling apology. In a bid to defuse the situation, they also promised they would back away from the former Celtic player.

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Brighton’s Davy Pröpper: ‘The Premier League was very important for me’

The Dutch midfielder has banished the self-doubt that scarred his early career and has settled swiftly into a central role at Brighton since his move from PSV

It does not take Davy Pröpper long to pinpoint the period that altered his outlook for good. Life had initially been kind since the midfielder made his debut for Vitesse Arnhem, the club he supported, in January 2010 but things had soured. A new owner, Merab Jordania, brought in players he preferred and there was the intense frustration, too, of seeing childhood friends push ahead of him in the reckoning. The way back was unclear; it all became hard for a young player to take and during the 2012-13 season, when he played 14 games, Pröpper sought a means of regaining control.

“I went to see someone, I guess you’d call him a motivational coach, and it helped me a lot at the time,” Pröpper tells the Observer. “He told me that events were there to be shaped by me, and not about the choices a trainer or somebody else makes. It led to a change in my career; when I didn’t play, I was able to throw the problem away a little bit. I didn’t keep disappointments in my head.”

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