Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman does not believe the game against Germany on Friday is crucial to their chances of reaching the 2020 European Championships.

Netherlands currently have three points from their opening two games, but Northern Ireland’s excellent start to their qualifying campaign has put Oranje under pressure. Northern Ireland currently have 12 points from four games and sit top of the group.

Speaking at his press conference on Monday, Ronald Koeman dismissed suggestions that Friday’s clash in Germany is must win. He said, “The duel with Germany is not a key match.

“No, not even for the rest of the qualification. We have to get twelve points in the matches against Estonia and Belarus and be the better in the mutual duels with Northern Ireland. “

Netherlands kick off against Germany in Hamburg at 7.45pm on Friday.

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