5 key talking points as Northern Ireland take on Holland

9 October 2019

Northern Ireland face Holland in Rotterdam on Thursday night in a crunch Euro 2020 qualifier.

Here the PA news agency takes a look at five key talking points ahead of the game.

Familiar faces

Virgil Van Dijk and Steven Davis, seen here challenging Zlatan Ibrahimovic, were team-mates at Southampton (Nick Potts/PA)

A Dutch squad featuring the likes of Matthijs De Ligt, Frenkie De Jong and Daley Blind needs little introduction but for Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis there will be reunions with his former Southampton manager Ronald Koeman and Saints team-mate Virgil Van Dijk. Koeman has been effusive in his praise of Davis in the build-up to the match, but will be hoping the 34-year-old proves no match for Holland’s star-studded midfield.

Head to head

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