Arjen Robben Condemns Netherlands' 'Nightmare' Defeat Against Bulgaria in World Cup Qualifier

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"We have respect for what Danny meant for us and for the team during his tenure", said professional football director Jean Paul Decossaux.

They are now fourth in Group A, six points behind leaders France and three behind second-placed Sweden. "Nothing good comes from rushing things".

Having missed out on Euro 2016, Netherlands - who finished third at the World Cup in Brazil three years ago - are in grave danger of failing to qualify for the finals in Russian Federation in 2018.

The national team has been in the doldrums since missing out on the 2016 European Championship in a dramatic fall from grace two years after finishing third at the World Cup in Brazil. "But the first half was such a deplorable level". Matthijs de Ligt, a 17-year-old with just 13 appearances in Ajax's first team, will make his Netherlands debut as a starter in the center of the Oranje defense.

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However Robben refused to lumber the inexperienced De Light with the underlying responsibility for Netherlands' defeat, suggesting that the performance was lacklustre in all departments of the field.

And really, this isn't de Ligt's fault.

Spas Delev scored twice in the opening 20 minutes and Blind's side could not find a response, leading the manager to consider his future, though he was not ready to immediately resign.

Netherlands assistant coach Fred Grim will stand in as caretaker for Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Amsterdam while the KNVB start to look for a new manager.