Koeman named new Netherlands boss

England provide first test as Ronald Koeman is announced as Netherlands manager

Ronald Koeman has been appointed as the new head coach of the Netherlands, replacing Dick Advocaat who stepped down in November having failed to secure World Cup qualification.

Koeman, sacked by Everton in October, replaces Dick Advocaat, who stepped down past year.

Koeman has signed a contract that will put him in charge of Dutch fortunes up to and including the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the focus very much on getting there in the first place.

Koeman's first press conference was immediately announced by the KNVB, and he was set to speak about his new role at 3.30pm GMT.

Koeman replaces Dick Advocaat, who was appointed as a stop-gap measure in June after Danny Blind was sacked.

They also missed out on the European Championships in France in 2016. "I think the best is that players can handle different systems because we know we don't have the best players but that don't mean you cannot have the best team".

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Koeman said he was "really positive about the future of the national team" but suggested he would push greater discipline and training over the coming months.

Koeman won Euro 88 as a Netherlands player, part of a team that also included Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten.

The appointment of the ex-Netherlands global was announced by the country's football association (KNVB) on Tuesday.

But a tough baptism awaits, with friendlies lined up against two teams heading to the World Cup: England on 23 March in Amsterdam, and Portugal three days later. We have a lot of good players and talented players.

Koeman was capped 78 times by Holland as a player during an worldwide career which spanned 12 years and saw him win Euro 1988.

The younger brother of former global team-mate Erwin Koeman, and the son of ex-Dutch worldwide Martin Koeman, he made his debut at 17 playing for FC Groningen in 1980.

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