Virgil van Dijk has informed ESPN FC there’s a new “buzz” about Dutch soccer after Netherlands overcame France and Germany to seal a spot in subsequent summer season’s UEFA Nations League finals.
Netherlands will face England in the semifinals after being paired with Gareth Southgate’s aspect in Monday’s attract Dublin.
After failing to qualify for the final two main tournaments — the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 FIFA World Cup — Liverpool defender Van Dijk mentioned that the Nations League will give Netherlands the alternative to present that their resurgence is for actual.
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“Everyone seems to be getting optimistic once more, everybody has an ideal feeling about it,” Van Dijk informed ESPN FC. “There’s an actual buzz round all the pieces round the nationwide crew.
“We simply want to preserve going, to present Holland [Netherlands] that we’ll work each sport, and we’ll work our socks off to be at the [European] Championships and attempt and compete with the finest.”
England stand between Netherlands and a spot in the Nations League remaining towards Portugal or Switzerland.
Van Dijk, who captains his nation, mentioned that England are nearly as good as their hype suggests after their run to the semifinals at the World Cup.
“I believe they are, yeah,” he mentioned. “They are a improbable crew with superb gamers.
“I believe the supervisor has executed brilliantly there as properly. So they develop and they are progressing. They have been doing very properly.”