Dutch national team manager Ronald Koeman spoke during his press conference ahead of the friendly matches against England and Portugal.

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Koeman was named as the new Netherlands boss back in February and will finally take charge of Oranje this Friday when England visit Amsterdam.

Ahead of the game, Koeman said, ”I will not change my personallity now that I am Dutch national team manager. I will be the same as when I was a club manager. I am always open in terms of point of view but I will not say too much but I always say what I think.

”I spoke to Louis van Gaal before I took the job as Dutch national team manager. I wanted to prepare as best as possible for this job. I also spoke with players and visited clubs too.

”We are entering a new phase as the Dutch national team. I spoke with Arjen Robben as I thought from a distance that he may still leave the door open in terms of the national team and I wanted to speak with him about that among other things. He told me that his is now definitely retired from international football.

”I am pleased to be here. I see already that as a national team manager that you cannot compare it to club management. I even remember playing selection matches as a 14-year-old boy here at KNVB headquarters here in Zeist.”

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