Since appearing in the 2014 world cup final the Dutch national team has been in free fall. Holland have failed to qualify for back-to-back major tournaments.

A dismal qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 meant Holland failed to make the tournament for the first time since 1984.

Their decline continued further as the Dutch again failed to advance through qualification, this time for the 2018 World Cup.

Big wins over France, Germany and England, as well as a place in the Nations League final, have Dutch fans buoyed by the prospect of their team’s revival.

Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman is at the helm of Holland. He has built his team around two Liverpool men as he tries to re-establish the Dutch as international powerhouse.

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was made captain in early 2018.  A natural leader, he has flourished in the role leading Holland during this period of revival.

 

As you would expect he has been colossal at the back. Alongside 19-year-old Matthijs De Ligt, Van Dijk has created a great partnership enviable by all in world football.

Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is the second pivotal Red in the Dutch resurgence.

The 28-year-old has developed into a world-class player under the stewardship of Jurgen Klopp. He has carried his terrific form into his performances for Holland.

Employed in a more advanced role whilst on international duty Wijnaldum is earning praise for his ability to directly impact games with both goals and assists.

The Dutch national team look primed to qualify for Euro 2020 in what would be their first appearance in a major tournament since 2014.

Led by the immovable Virgil Van Dijk with Gini Wijnaldum bossing the midfield the re-emergence of Holland into an international powerhouse seems inevitable.

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