One of the things that head coach Steve McClaren has had to do this week in training is to lift our Dutch players, since the Netherlands lost both their qualifying games under new coach Danny Blind over the two week International break.
They lost 1-0 in Amsterdam to Iceland and then 3-0 in Turkey.
The Netherlands are now 4th in their group with just two games left to play and 2 points behind Turkey, and the odds are that they will not qualify for the Euro 2016 finals in France next summer.
Gini Wijnaldum in the Netherland colors
So our Dutch players would have not been too happy after those two defeats, and it would really be a shock if they failed to reach the Euro 2016 finals next year, after doing so well in the World Cup last year in Brazil when they finished 3rd and looked a very good side under Louis van Gaal.
Steve talked about what the International players have to go through when they go away to represent their countries, and then have to come back and knuckle down quickly for their club’s next game:
“It is a weird experience, going from one to the other, but they adapt so quickly, footballers.” “Yes, they are internationals, they are a team and then they come back to the club and it’s great to see everybody else.”
“Win, lose or draw in the internationals, good result or bad, they kind of just get on with it.” “If they lose and are disappointed, it’s great to come back to the buzz of the club, and if they win, it’s good that they bring back the infectious confidence.”
“All I say to them is just enjoy the experience and come back fit making sure you are ready to play.”
“Bilic made two or three signings in the window, and loans. I don’t know what his team is going to be, so we are just preparing what we can do.”
West Ham signed Michail Antonio, Victor Moses and Nikica Jelavic on deadline day – September 1st – and the new West Ham head coach Slaven Bilic has also said he is tempted to start Andy Carroll against his home town club tomorrow night.
Slaven has criticized former manager Sam Allardyce for bringing Andy back too soon from his injuries, which is why the Croatian thinks Andy has had a very bad time of it with injuries at the London club..
So it would be tempting fate to start Andy tomorrow night, but we will almost certainly see him in the second half.
With Newcastle very poor on crosses into the box, and with not much height at the back – Andy could do some damage to us.
That’s one reason we are hoping he will not start the game.