Everton manager Ronald Koeman has responded to rumours that he could replace Dick Advocaat as the new Netherlands national team boss.

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Advocaat is set to step down as Oranje boss after the friendlies in November, and Koeman’s name has once again been put forward for the position.

Speaking ahead of Everton’s Premier League tie with Brighton this weekend, Koeman dismissed the links, while also giving his opinions on what he feels the current problems are surrounding the Dutch national team.

Koeman said, ”Of course my name is linked to the Dutch national team job and that was also the case a few years ago. But I am now manager of Everton and that is the most important thing. I will not become Dutch national team manager.

”I believe the Dutch national team has lost too much quality. There are no longer any top international players in the squad. Arjen Robben was the last one and he has just retired from the Dutch national team.

”We still have talent but our players are too quick to go abroad. There was a time where we had big footballers. But now we have fallen away.

”Belgium and Germany have adapted and we still have to react. But we will come back because the Netherlands have always produced good footballers.”

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