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Kluivert ´honoured´ by Netherlands role

1 August 2012 00:02

Patrick Kluivert says he is thrilled to have been named as an assistant to new Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal.

Together with Danny Blind, the former striker will work alongside the 60-year-old Van Gaal, who was earlier in the month appointed as the new coach following the post-Euro 2012 dismissal of Bert van Marwijk.

Kluivert, who will continue to coach Twente's youth team, spoke of his excitement to have formed part of his country's coaching set-up, having represented the national side 79 times between 1994 and 2004.

"I am very honoured to take this job," he told reporters. "It is great that I will have the chance to work with the best Dutch players.

"I played for the Oranje for quite some years, so it is great to return.

"I would also like to thank Twente because they are letting me combine my job in the youth team with my role in the national side."

Kluivert retired from football in 2008 after an illustrious career which reached its peak during his six-year spell at Barcelona, where he scored 90 La Liga goals.

Netherlands will take on Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Estonia and Andorra in their World Cup 2014 qualifying group.

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