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Ronald Koeman: ‘We’re a country that will always produce good young players’

The Netherlands coach on facing England, the young talent at his disposal and that World Cup qualifier in 1993

Deep in the countryside at the Dutch FA’s sparkling almost-new training centre, Ronald Koeman is sitting in a mocked-up dressing room surrounded by orange shirts. Yet for the man tasked with restoring a proud football nation’s lustre after several years in the doldrums, the pressures of international management seem a world away on a warm afternoon at the £12m facility in Zeist where even the hand dryers in the toilets match the colour scheme.

“Every Monday and Tuesday I am here to do interviews, planning or analysing our opponents and the rest of the week I travel to see players and games,” he says. “Once a week I can play golf! I became a grandfather two weeks ago and I will be again after the Nations League with our daughter. It’s different but I like it.”

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