Koeman backs Netherlands for World Cup tilt

The former Dutch International believes his country have enough world class stars to challenge in Brazil

Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman has backed the Netherlands to impress at next year’s World Cup finals following a near-perfect qualification campaign in which the Oranje dropped just one point in 10 matches.

The Dutch emerged winners of Group B and amassed nine more points than runners-up Romania on their way to a 28-point haul and the former Holland star is optimistic over his side's chances.

He said: “We do not have a world-class team. But we do have some world-class players in the squad that can help the rest of the team perform well.

“We have no Messi, but we have other top players, that might be a little bit older, but still at an age when they can deliver top performances.”

Koeman also expressed his belief that the younger players in the squad would improve between now and when the tournament begins.

“The World Cup is still a few months away and these players, some of whom have just entered the squad, can still make a lot of progress in that period.”

The Netherlands next match is scheduled for November 16 when they take on Japan in a friendly.