Tim Krul captained the Netherlands U21 side to a 2-0 victory in the Ukraine on Tuesday night, in their second leg tie of the Under-21 European Championships knock out round.
Tim Krul – ready for Wigan tomorrow
But with the Ukraine having won the first leg 3-1, they went through to the finals in Denmark next summer, because of the away goals rule.
England beat Romania to also qualify, so Andy Carroll will have a chance to play in the finals next summer, if he is not already in the full England squad by then.
Tim Krul got over a minor shoulder injury in the first leg to play in the Ukraine and kept a clean sheet in Kiev, and we’re really pleased he came through that game injury free.
Steve Harper will still be out for another two months and only 20 year-old Swede Ole Soderberg is the back-up in case Tim gets injured.
Chris Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Tim:
“He’s OK, although he is carrying the disappointment of not getting through with Holland.” “He’ll be back OK, and he will be looking forward to getting back into club action.”
“There are always pluses and minuses. There’s the fear of injuries and then there’s the travelling.” “But playing for his country and captaining them in an international like that is all good experience.”
We are concerned about what happens if Tim gets injured before Harper can return, and we are hoping that Newcastle already will have an emergency loan signing lined up, in case that does happen.
But first things first, and we need all 3 points tomorrow afternoon.