Koeman: England - Holland a 'special' friendly

Ronald Koeman gave his thoughts ahead of England vs Holland.

Koeman: England - Holland a 'special' friendly

Southampton first team manager Ronald Koeman has said that there is a great game in prospect on Tuesday evening when his native Holland come up against a much improved England side at Wembley stadium, a match which may include a number of Saints players. 

The match is a really crucial one for England as it is the final friendly they will play before the end of the regular season. This will help the Three Lions get a settled side before traveling out to France. As for Holland, they failed to qualify for the event so for them it's a case of showing what their made of and making the match as difficult as possible for this England side.

Since the last World Cup in Brazil, where England were eliminated at the group stage, tomorrow night's hosts have seen a vast improvement as they have lost just one game since and that came against a very strong Spain side last November.

The Dutch, on the other hand, have gone downhill since finishing third in Brazil and have lost some key players to respective injuries and retirements. But that is no excuse to why they have been playing so badly as of late.

Interesting game in prospect

The match at Wembley may see as many as three Saints players play in the match as Fraser Forster is likely to start in goal for England, whilst defender Virgil Van Dijk and midfielder Jordy Clasie are also due to appear for the Dutch once again.

The boss admitted that he knows the game is much more important for the English, but feels the Dutch will have plenty to take from the match, he said: "It’s a good friendly for England in preparation for the Euros."

Holland are looking to bounce back after tough months of late and Koeman knows that it will take time for the new players that have come in to gel and perform at the international level, but he is under no illusions that the side should be doing far better than they have been. He said: "For Holland, it’s a good friendly, with a lot of young players, to show that they can compete at that level. 

“It’s a friendly, but still it’s between Holland and England, so it’s always a little bit more special than a normal friendly."