Sun. Apr 28th, 2019

Mbappe and Pogba train with France team mates while Koeman puts Holland stars through their paces

Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba train with France team mates at Stade de France … while Ronald Koeman puts Holland stars through their paces ahead of Nations League fixture

  • France hosts Holland in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday at Stade de France
  • Kylian Mbappe and Co were hard at work inside the stadium on Saturday
  • Holland puts the final touches to their preparations on Saturday as well

France and Holland were hard at work on Saturday as they geared up for their highly anticipated UEFA Nations League clash at the Stade de France.

Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Co. were pictured preparing for the clash inside an empty Stade de France, which will play host to a celebratory occasion on Sunday.

The French squad, still beaming following their historic World Cup triumph in Russia this summer, were in very high spirits as Didier Deschamp's gift of his final instructions.

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and their France team mates trained at Stade de France

The World Cup winning squad were in high spirits on the eve of their clash with Holland

The World Cup winning squad were in high spirits on the eve of their clash with Holland

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba warms up ahead or Saturday's training session

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba warms up ahead or Saturday's training session

Griezmann enjoys a laugh in training ahead of the Nations League clash against Holland

Griezmann enjoys a laugh in training ahead of the Nations League clash against Holland

The star-studded squad were pictured taking part in agility drills before moving onto ball work as they put the finishing touches to their preparations ahead or their first home match since winning the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman also puts his Holland stars through their paces at the Stade de France.

Memphis Depay and Virgil van Dijk were snapped training intensely as Holland look to make a huge statement or intent on Sunday by claiming the massive scalp of France.

And ahead of the match, both managers have been speaking to the media, with Deschamps urging his France side to be sharper than they were against Germany.

Griezmann and Benjamin Mendy share a laugh as they limber up at the Stade de France

Griezmann and Benjamin Mendy share a laugh as they limber up at the Stade de France

Mbappe and Co enjoy a spot of ball work as they put the final touches to their preparations

Mbappe and Co enjoy a spot of ball work as they put the final touches to their preparations

The France squad are looking forward to the first match on home soil since winning the World Cup

The France squad are looking forward to the first match on home soil since winning the World Cup

Didier Deschamps has urged his side to be more efficient than they were against Germany

Didier Deschamps has urged his side to be more efficient than they were against Germany

"We're returning home, but we need to be more efficient," he told UEFA. 'We ran out of steam towards the end against Germany and of course the entire squad is not yet in top form. Not at this time of the season.

'I haven't decided yet whether to rotate players – anything is possible. Given that it's our first match back at the Stade de France, in front of our fans, I'll see how everyone recovers. '

While France have gone from strength to strength, Holland have seen their stock fall considerably with back-to-back failures to qualify for major tournaments.

Ronald Koeman puts his Holland players through their paces on Saturday at the Stade de France

Ronald Koeman puts his Holland players through their paces on Saturday at the Stade de France

The Holland squad take part in stretching drills by the halfway line on Saturday

The Holland squad take part in stretching drills by the halfway line on Saturday

Holland will be looking to claim the massive scalp of France on Sunday evening in Paris

Holland will be looking to claim the massive scalp of France on Sunday evening in Paris

Lyon forward Memphis Depay wants to cause France plenty of problems

Lyon forward Memphis Depay wants to cause France plenty of problems

Koeman is in charge now and tasked with the job of making the Dutch a force in European and world football once more, and he is looking forward to the challenge of facing France.

"They are the world champions for a reason, without really playing great or beautiful football," he told UEFA.

'When you want to improve, you have to play against nations or this level. The World Cup has proven that nothing is impossible – just look at [runners-up] Croatia – but we're certainly the underdogs. "

Virgil van Dijk and Co. aim to be defensively sound against the deadly France attack

Virgil van Dijk and Co. aim to be defensively sound against the deadly France attack

Former Liverpool man Ryan Babel sports died red hair while running alongside Ruud Vormer

Former Liverpool man Ryan Babel sports died red hair while running alongside Ruud Vormer

The Dutch are looking to become a major force in European and world football once more

The Dutch are looking to become a major force in European and world football once more

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