Tim Krul, the current Newcastle goalkeeper could be in line for his first call-up for the Dutch senior squad.
Tim Krul – currently the Dutch number 3 goalkeeper
It seems that Tim is currently the number 3 Dutch goalkeeper, behind number one – Ajax’s Maarten Stekelenburg with Michel Vorm of Utrecht the second choice.
Dutch manager Van Marwijk usually names just two goalkeepers for the Dutch squads, so presumably if either of the top two goalkeepers are unavailable for their next game in February against Austria in Amsterdam, then Tim could be in that squad.
Of course he could also start to name three goalkeepers for the National squad, as most other countries do.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Whatever level it is you always want to play for your country, and Timmy is no different. Whether he plays any more for the under-21s or the senior squad, it is an honor he deserves.”
“Tim is getting to the age where he is playing first-team football and he has aspirations to play at the highest level.”
Newcastle had both Andy Carroll and Tamas Kadar get first caps for their countries, England and Hungary respectively, on Wednesday night.
With Tim deputizing for the injured Steve Harper for the last couple of months, he will have had a lot of exposure to the Dutch manager, and of course Tim has looked what he is – a very promising young goalkeeper who could certainly make the step up to become the Dutch number one in the future.
Tim has played 10 times for the Dutch U21 side.