If you are outside London then as a club you are always going to find it that bit harder to recruit and retain the better players from abroad.

When Newcastle signed Vurnon Anita, Alan Pardew was keen to point out that Anita could see his international prospects improve at Newcastle, with the examples of Cabaye cementing his place in France’s midfield and Hatem Ben Arfa resurrecting his international career, both since joining Newcastle.

While the Dutch midfielder/defender didn’t make the latest Netherlands squad, there was a massive lift for one of Newcastle’s key players.

Not only did new Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal select Krul in his first competitive squad but he has quickly promoted him to first choice;

This is how Tim Krul reacted to the news;

“The trainers took me aside on Tuesday and told me I was now the Netherlands’ No.1 keeper. It is a dream come true and something I’ve always hoped for.

At the Euros I was third choice but with a new trainer comes new chances, everyone starts from scratch and the trainer trusts me”.

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Krul has grabbed the opportunity with a safe pair of hands and despite one spot of hesitation when Turkey hit the bar, Tim’s clean sheet in the 2-0 win had Louis Van Gaal more than happy to be proved right with his team selection;

“He’s done well for me. Tim was calm – I followed Marrten Stekelenburg in Italy and at the European Championships this summer. Last month against Belgium he made a few mistakes, so I went for Krul”.

Holland may be a nightmare to manage with all of the competing egos but they are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the world, for Krul to move into that number one spot so early in his career is testament to what the player has achieved so far AND the potential for players to succeed for both club and country with a move to St.James’ Park.

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