sport news Arjen Robben: Holland can still make the 2018 World Cup

Holland are on the brink of elimination from the 2018 World Cup following Thursday's 4-0 drubbing by France but skipper Arjen Robben is optimistic they can still make it to Russia next year.

France now top Group A with 16 points, while the Dutch are six points behind in fourth place, two points behind third-placed Bulgaria.

A 3-2 defeat for second placed Sweden in Bulgaria, however, means if the Dutch win their last three qualifiers, they could still finish second and advance to the play-off.

Holland captain Arjen Robben is still optimism that his side can reach the 2018 World Cup

Holland captain Arjen Robben is still optimism that his side can reach the 2018 World Cup

The winners of the nine groups qualify directly for Russia while the best eight of the second-placed teams take part in two-leg playoffs for four more places.

'Unbelievable but true. We still have our fate in our own hands and we have to grab it with whatever we have,' Robben said after the mauling at Paris' Stade de France.

Whether the Dutch deserve to go to Russia was the debate in the country's newspapers on Friday.

'Oranje failed miserably in their Paris mission but crazily enough the World Cup is still

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