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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK

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The Netherlands Squad
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The Dutch squad oozes talent, with stars like Patrick Kluivert, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars. But past campaigns have been marred by in-fighting and coach Guus Hiddink is under pressure to keep the peace.

In 1990 coach Thijs Libregts was driven out and four years later Ruud Gullit quit the camp. Then in Euro 96 in England, Edgar Davids was ordered home after criticising Hiddink.

This year there have been more reports of splits, with Clarence Seedorf and Kluivert, both born in Surinam, complaining of racism.

Kluivert has had other problems, in trouble with the law and struggling to make an impact at AC Milan.

But he is a strong contender to be one of Hiddink's options up front. Also in the running is FC Utrecht's Michael Mols, recalled after three years for a friendly against the USA because Dennis Bergkamp refuses to fly.

Bergkamp and his Arsenal strike-partner Marc Overmars should also be on their way to France.

PSV Eindhoven team-mates Boudewijn Zenden, Ernest Faber and Philip Cocu could join them after an excellent season. Midfielder Edgar Davids has recovered his form and may team up with veteran Aron Winter. Brothers Frank and Ronald de Boer are also key players.

Barcelona goalkeeper Ruud Hesp has won the hearts at the Nou Camp and could go to France as the third-choice keeper. But defenders Winston Bogarde and Michael Reiziger have failed to impress at the Spanish champions.

They face stiff opposition for places from Jaap Stam, who made his international debut against Germany just two years ago and is now the world's most expensive defender following his 10m move from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United.

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