sport news Southgate reveals admiration for Holland sides of old ahead of Nations League ...

Gareth Southgate reveals admiration for Holland sides of old as England boss insists he is 'trying to create a team that excite our fans' ahead of Nations League semi-final England take on Holland in a Nations League semi-final on Thursday evening Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate opened up on his admiration for the Oranje Southgate hailed former players such as Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten  He insists he is 'trying to create a team that excite our fans' while still winning 

By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 20:00 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 20:08 BST, 5 June 2019

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Gareth Southgate revealed he is taking inspiration from the Holland sides of the 1980s and 90s as he looks to build an England side that will excite supporters. 

England take on Holland in Guimaraes, Portugal, on Thursday night in a Nations League semi-final and the squad got an early look at the service as they took a stroll on the pitch 24 hours before kick-off.

And Southgate, soothed by kind words from rival Ronald Koeman, was full of praise for Holland's young side as he accepted both squad bear a number of distinct similarities.   

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