Koeman named new Dutch boss

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

Koeman's long-term mission will be to guide the Dutch back to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatarâ„¢ after they failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia under head coach Dick Advocaat.

Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been named as the new Netherlands coach.

"I never hided my ambition to be coach of the Dutch national team", Koeman said during the press conference.

"I'm really positive about the future of the national team - if not, I wouldn't take the job for the next two [years] and the next two after that".

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Koeman has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October past year after a surprisingly poor start to the Premier League season and will take his first role global role since working as an assistant coach with the Dutch team in the late 1990s.

He succeeds Dick Advocaat, who stepped down after the team's failure to reach this summer's finals in Russian Federation.

Koeman, who won 78 caps and scored 14 goals as a player between 1982-94, has previous experience coaching the Netherlands, having served as Hiddink's assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup. Koeman's mission is simple: build a new team and qualify for Euro 2020. Two years later Koeman even was favorite to take the job, but the KNVB eventually ignored Koeman and preferred the return of Hiddink.

Koeman's first game in charge will be a friendly against England in Amsterdam in March.

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