Our star young Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul saved a penalty to preserve his unbeaten record in the European Qualifiers as Holland Under-21s made it three wins in a row with a 4-0 win over Poland in Kielce.
Tim Krul – saved a penalty top preserve unbeaten status
Tim has yet to concede a goal in the qualifying games but then Poland were awarded a spot lick after only 20 minutes of the game.
But Krul saved Patryk Maecki’s shot and with the game goalless, that helped set the tone for a great display by Holland, and Ricky van Wolfswinkel, of FC Utrecht, hit a a hat-trick with FC Twente’s Nicky Kuiper scoring the other goal.
The victory sends Holland to the top of their group and the winners of each group are guaranteed a place in the finals in Denmark in 2011.
Callum Morris – been at Newcastle since the summer of 2006
And news that another of our youngsters, 19 year-old center-back Callum Morris played the full 90 minutes as Ireland U21s were held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Waterford.
Callum had previously played for the Ireland U19 side, so this is a natural progression for the youngster.
One thing we are sure about is that there were plenty of scouts at the Holland U21 game, and it is an open secret that Tim is one of the best young goalkeepers around, but he seems happy to wait his chance at Newcastle.
However, the lad is ready to play and he will advance his career by playing week in week out, so it may be that he is sent out on loan in January, with Fraser Forster, currently on loan at Norwich, maybe coming back to back-up Steve Harper.
Tim must get some games under his belt – for his own good, as he looks to keep learning his trade for what looks like a great career ahead of him.
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