Tim Krul will become a full Dutch International today.
Tim Krul – gets first full cap for Holland today
Holland will play Brazil in Brazil today, and Newcastle United’s Krul will start in goal.
The Dutch will play the game in Goiania, but that city will not be part of the World Cup 2014 program, but is expected to be full with 50,000 fans.
Number one goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax – 40 caps) and Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht – 5 caps) are both out injured, and Dutch coach Van Marwijk has decided to go with Newcastle’s 23 year old promising young goalkeeper.
Tim gets the nod over Cillessen ( NEC) and Jelle ten Rouwelaar (NAC), and will play against Brazil, and he played 10 times for the Dutch U21 side.
Holland will line up in a 4:3:3 formation as follows:
Tim Krul; Gregory van der Wiel, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Erik Pieters; Nigel de Jong, Kevin Strootman Ibrahim Afellay, Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben.
The 6’2″ goalkeeper played 25 times for Newcastle last season in the Premier League, and looked good deputizing fro Steve Harper, and of course England is the top league in the world at the moment, which seems to have been the deciding factor for coach Van Marwijk, who said this yesterday:
“That was the deciding factor for me. All three goalies are tremendous talents, but I think Tim has a bit more experience in big games.”
And Tim is naturally delighted to be making his debut, and had this to say yesterday:
“What a story eh, to make my debut in and against Brazil,”
“It was so cool to practice sort of under that statue (the famous Chris Statue). And it went well. Man, it can go so fast in football. Suddenly I play a series of games in the EPL and now this. It’s just too good.”
Newcastle signed Tim in the summer of 2005, from ADO Den Haag, his home town club, when he was just 17, and he has been on Tyneside ever since and now talks with a Dutch Geordie accent.
Tim talked about moving to Newcastle and when he made his debut in Palermo for Newcastle back in November, 2006, when he had a stormer:
“I had the chance to go and I did it. I was in love with the EPL. And still. I decided to take it slow. Get adjusted. I made a plan with my parents and we’re on track.”
“We had two sick goalies and I was there. It went very fast and I disappeared again when the goalies were fit again, haha.”
“Edwin van der Saar said: make sure you play. Doesn’t matter on what level. I played for Falkirk in Scotland and later with Carlisle United. Bad pitches, cold showers and only lunch if you paid for it yourself,”
“That’s how I wanted to become a big boy.” “I have played big name strikers but my biggest thrill was to play Man United against Edwin. He’s so cool. Before and after the game he’d come up to me and support me… I owe a lot to him, you know?”
Tim’s idol is Edwin van der Saar, who has only just retired, after a magnificent career, and he is a great role model for Tim.
Edwin played a massive 819 club games, for Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United, and 130 times for his country.
Let’s hope Tim has a good game today, and if he can maintain his place in the Newcastle side next season and keep playing well he could have a long International career ahead of him.