Mon. Feb 18th, 2019

Ronald Koeman watches on Holland squad prepare for England clash


Ronald Koeman watches on Virgil van Dijk and Holland squad prepare for friendly against England

  • Ronald Koeman looking to rebuild Holland into international force again
  • Former Everton boss oversaw training session at idyllic KNVB Sports Center
  • Dutch welcome Gareth Southgate's England team in Amsterdam on Friday

Will Griffee For Mailonline

Holland are preparing themselves to take on England at the start of a new era for the Dutch national team.

Ronald Koeman's first match in charge of the Dutch comes from Gareth Southgate's side in Amsterdam on Friday.

The former Everton boss took training at the KNVB sports center, surrounded by woodland on a sunny morning in the Netherlands.

Virgil van Dijk is likely to be Holland captain when his side play England on Friday

The picturesque training base in Zeist is situated 25 miles away from Amsterdam

The picturesque training base in Zeist is situated 25 miles away from Amsterdam

Ronald Koeman will be looking for his tenure as manager off to a winning start

Ronald Koeman will be looking for his tenure as manager off to a winning start

Zeist is a leafy town 25 miles away from the nation's capital and home of Virgil van Dijk and Co for the next few days.

The world's most expensive defender joined his team-mates in their bright blue training for what appeared to be a relaxed session.

The players are jogging together with a stopwatch dangling from his neck.

Van Dijk has impressed for Liverpool since joining from Southampton for £ 35million

Van Dijk has impressed for Liverpool since joining from Southampton for £ 35million

Koeman wants to show that his spell in Everton was just a blip

Koeman wants to show that his spell in Everton was just a blip

Dutch football is at the lowest ebb for some time after failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and the World Cup this summer.

Koeman's mission is to restore one of the world's most iconic teams to their former glory.

England starts Gareth Southgate's start of their preparations for the World Cup which is only 84 days away.

After the England friendly, Holland take on European champions Portugal in Switzerland

After the England friendly, Holland take on European champions Portugal in Switzerland

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