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Football: Fretful Dutch search for guiding light: Ian Ridley meets a man who must conquer the enemies within on the high road to America

AT THE team's hotel on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the Netherlands' coach, Dick Advocaat, was concerned by the condition of his squad. Experienced players were missing and many of those present were in poor form.

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