Dick looking for calm
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Holland's Euro 96 challenge was wrecked by infighting and it appears their 2004 campaign could go the same way if internal squabbles are not ironed out.
Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy squared up during a recent training session, as simmering tensions in rival camps threatened to boil over.
Advocaat is aware of the troubles and has moved to alleviate the tension as he aims to steer his country towards Portugal.
"I have the best players in Europe but they show no willingness to accept things from each other," he told the Mail on Sunday.
"They are all big players playing for big European teams. But even the biggest names and the biggest players should be able to put each other right or correct each other without it resulting in problems."
Advocaat does not want to ditch the likes of Davids and Patrick Kluivert, as he added: "I am not going to do that. The players have not played well, but they need to get their act together.
"The way Kluivert is treated in his own country is scandalous. I will stick by him. He is a fantastic goalscorer and I respect him a lot. Davids has a different personality, but he still does a fabulous job on the pitch."
Advocaat feels there may be light at the end of the tunnel, as the players held a crisis meeting to ease the tension.
He revealed: "They all decided to go in a room for an hour on their own.
"They assured me they had really good talks.
"You can imagine what it was like after what has gone off, but I hope they have sorted things out."