You may be surprised to hear that nearly a third of Dutch men and women indicated that they were prepared to switch allegiance and back the Red Devils, the Belgian national squad, as they progress towards World Cup glory or not as the case may be.
It was the Dutch broadcaster NOS that sought the opinions of 18,000 of their fellow countrymen and women, though far more men were consulted.
The Norwegians have the Swedes, the Portuguese the Spaniards and the Belgians the Dutch. Rivalry in sports and other fields is unrelenting, but Flemings and the Dutch do share a common language - to a degree - as well as a culture and part of their history. Old rivalries are being set aside North of the border as 30.4% of Dutch respondents say they will now cheer on BELGIUM.
A far lower number of Dutch people, 18.6%, will back Germany's Mannschaft. Morocco can count on 4.3% support, while England picks up 4% of support in the Netherlands.