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Danny Blind pays the price after Holland’s delight turns to despair

Football Soccer - Netherlands training session - World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia

“What can you say, this is a nightmare,” said Arjen Robben in the wake of his country’s latest footballing horror show: defeat at the hands of a fairly ordinary Bulgaria side which leaves Holland in fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group, three points behind second-placed Sweden with unbeaten France a further three clear.

Spain are the favourites for Euro 2016, claims Vicente del Bosque

Football Soccer - Spain v South Korea - International Friendly

Vicente del Bosque has claimed Spain are favourites to win a third successive European Championship after seeing his side beat South Korea 6-1. Alvaro Morata and Nolito each scored twice as the champions from 2008 and 2012 warmed up for their defence in style. Manchester City’s David Silva and Cesc Fàbregas of Chelsea were also on target in Salzburg.

Luuk de Jong denies Republic of Ireland morale-boosting win over Holland

Netherlands' Luuk De Jong celebrates scoring their first goal with Bas Dost

Please, can we get on with the finals? The Republic of Ireland moved into the last phase of their seven-month fine-tune for Euro 2016 by letting slip what should have been a comfortable victory against an off-colour Holland but it has long since reached the point where supporters are desperate for the real business to begin.

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Danny Blind pays the price after Holland’s delight turns to despair

“What can you say, this is a nightmare,” said Arjen Robben in the wake of his country’s latest footballing horror show: defeat at the hands of a fairly ordinary Bulgaria side which leaves Holland in fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group, three points behind second-placed Sweden with unbeaten France a further three clear.