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PROPPER PREPARED FOR QUALIFICATION SHOWDOWN

6 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Davy Propper in action for Albion at the Emirates Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper is getting prepared for two vital games on the international stage, and insists his Netherlands team-mates remain confident going into their final two World Cup qualifiers.

Propper’s nation, who currently lie third in Group A, will come up against Belarus on Saturday, before clashing with second-placed Sweden at the Amsterdam Arena next Tuesday, and Propper wants to finish the qualifying campaign on a high.

He told FIFA.com, “The last couple of games, I was there and the feeling was good. We still had confidence that we’d go through, but the next few games will be very important for us.

“The qualifiers haven’t gone very well, of course, because we’re third now. We drew against Sweden when we should have won, the games against France were difficult and we lost another game away.

“I think they will be quite defensive teams. Especially the last game against Sweden where we have to win. They have a big goal difference so that will be a challenging game for us.”

The 26-year-old opened his international goalscoring account with a brace against Bulgaria on his last appearance for Netherlands, and he explained his emotions after leading his team to a 3-1 win.

“I found out [I was playing] on the day itself, in the morning, which was nice. I like the position he said I was going to play, and I was happy to be in the starting 11 for sure.

“It was a really good feeling [to score]. It’s difficult to describe it. To score for your national team, especially your first one, it’s fantastic.

“It was a little bit surprising! I haven’t scored two goals too many times in my career. It was a great feeling. The crowd were amazing.”

Propper has also made a positive start to his Albion career, performing well in central midfield alongside Dale Stephens, and the Dutchman spoke about his time settling into the club and city.

“The weather has been good! I saw some nice things in Brighton, and I like the area. I’ve heard that the weather will change, everybody’s telling me that!

“The first few games were a little bit difficult but I think we’ve shown some progress and we’re getting our points now, so it’s very good.

“We’re getting to know each other still, better and better, and I think it’s very good that we’ve won some games.”


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