Danny Blind claims that England should be treated with a lot of respect ahead of Netherlands’ friendly at the Wembley.
He says that England’s performance against Germany is a testament that the team has improved a lot under Roy Hodgson in the last two years. It was only recently that the club were knocked out of the World Cup 2014 from the group stages. Hodgson, whose job was on the line back then, embarked on a mission to find talented youngsters fit for the national team. This led to the inclusion of many new players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, and John Stones into the national team fold.
They have certainly made an impact and the recent 3-2 win over Germany, who are the reigning world champions, proves this fact. Blind says that it is special in a team manages to come from 2-0 down against the world champions to win the game 3-2. The Netherlands coach also singled out Dele Alli for special praise. The 20-year-old was playing in the Championship and League One with MK Dons only recently, but he has now started dominating the England national team in the last one year since joining Spurs.
Alli was instrumental in the win over Germany. For Netherlands, it is about improving their team as they have failed to reach the Euro 2016.“It’s special when you’re 2-0 down against Germany and you win 2-3 in Germany. The way they did it was OK, it was a good spirit in the team. Tactically they gave good pressure.The three in front, they did a great job to disturb the buildup from Germany. Germany play football from behind with Neuer and they had great problems.It’s a good team with young and promising players. It’s more difficult to beat England than it used to be in the past,” Blind said.