With Holland now having their Euros 2016 hopes hanging by a thread, first team coach Paul Simpson says that he and the rest of the coaching team need to lift Newcastle’s Dutch contingent.

With three players in the Dutch squad and two left behind, Simpson says they will all be low after two defeats mean they only have a slim hope of a play-off place.

The Newcastle coach says that for club purposes they are selfishly relieved that the players away on international duty got so little football overall.

Chancel Mbemba played one match, Sissoko and Wijnaldum started one each and came off the bench in another, whilst Krul and Anita didn’t feature at all.

Aleksandar Mitrovic did play two matches, including against France where he grabbed a fortunate goal, but he is suspended until United face Chelsea later this month.

Paul Simpson reports that all the players have returned without any injury and have been able to join in training instantly this week on their return.

Let’s hope the likes of Wijnaldum and his Dutch matches take out their frustrations in a positive way on West Ham.

“They (players who have been away on international duty) are certainly physically unscathed. In a selfish way, they haven’t played a lot of football which is good for us. Obviously they are disappointed because they haven’t been involved very much.

“The big job for us is just to get them back into the fold again, get them integrated with the rest of the players, who I have to say worked extremely hard in this international period.”


“Get them lifted – we have three Dutch boys coming back in to join the other Dutch boys who were left behind, they will all be low after their results.

“Thankfully they have all come back fit and ready for training.”

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