Netherlands will have to overcome both France and Sweden to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

  • By Michael Bell
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oranje erThe draw for the qualifying stage was made in Russia on Saturday evening with Netherlands handed quite possibly the toughest draw imaginable after being selected in Group A.

The Oranje will need to see off France, U21 Euro champions Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus and Luxembourg to reach the 2018 Tournament. Only the top team from each group qualify’s directly to the tournament, while the eight best runners up head to the pay-offs.

Qualifying begins on the 4th of September 2016 and runs until October 2017. Netherlands exact schedule will be released in the coming days.

Group A: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg

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