IT'S always said that the mark of a good team is if they can grind out victories when they aren't playing that well and I think England are falling into that category at the moment.
IT WAS a reversal of the natural order; player interviews reporter. It is Thursday afternoon and we are at the pitch side at the Badenova Stadium in the forests of Freiburg, where the Dutch have based themselves for this World Cup. Arjen Robben is standing in his training top, knee-length shorts and bright orange boots and he is in inquisitive mood.
HOLLAND coach Marco van Basten may be a newcomer to management but he is beginning to realise just how tricky it is. For the last three months, he has publicly supported his main striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, ignoring his time as substitute with Manchester United, his fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson and the doubts that remain over his Old Trafford future.
GIOVANNI van Bronckhorst will offer a smile and a handshake to Barcelona buddy Deco in Nuremberg tomorrow, but the Holland defender admits there is no room for friendship at the World Cup.
TWO distinct and distinguished schools of football meet at the World Cup when Argentina face Holland in their final Group C match tonight.
HOLLAND secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup yesterday, withstanding a powerful Ivory Coast onslaught to hold on for a Group C win.
THE Dutch may have introduced the world to total football but veteran midfielder Phillip Cocu is banking on a defensive masterclass taking Marco van Basten's men all the way to the final.
EDWIN van der Sar has admitted he would happily hand back all his medals in exchange for leading Holland to World Cup glory this summer.
DUTCH coach Marco van Basten has no regrets about arranging a World Cup warm-up with Australia, despite having three players injured in the 1-1 draw yesterday.
THINK of successful Dutch sides, and one name always comes to mind: Johan Cruyff, who helped Ajax to win three successive European Cups in the 1970s and pitched the Dutch national team into the 1974 World Cup final.