Jasper Cillessen from Ajax started the game in goal for Holland against France last night at Stade de France in Paris, and France won with two great goals in the first half, one from Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, and the other from Blaise Matuidi of PSG – and all three Newcastle men – Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy played in the game.
Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring first goal
24 year-old Cillessen now seems to be the number one goalkeeper for Holland , and Tim Krul surprisingly was not included in the Dutch squad, which included three goalkeepers – with Swansea’s Michel Vorm and Jeroen Zoet of PSG being the other two goalkeepers in the squad.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette yesterday about the omission of Krul:
“Tim was disappointed to be left out of the Holland squad,” “And I said to him before the game that he needed to put in a performance that warranted a call, and he did. That double save was excellent.”
“It was as good as any save he made at Tottenham.” “He’s literally got himself up and launched the attack for our goal, which we’ve worked on.”
“He didn’t forget the game-plan in that moment.” “He’s performed for us, and I think he is Holland’s best goalkeeper, but he hasn’t made this squad.”
“He’s very disappointed. The only thing he can do is produce performances for us to prove that to be the wrong decision.”
And this is what Tim Krul told the Shields Gazette yesterday about his chances of making the Dutch World Cup squad:
“If we keep winning like this, hopefully I’ve got a chance,” “The manager said he’s following 50 players up towards the World Cup, so everything is open.”
The Dutch goalkeeper last night in Paris didn’t have much chance with the two goals, although maybe he could have done better with the second goal.
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Tim has had some great games for Newcastle this season, with his performance at Tottenham being his best ever, but in the return game at home he was at fault for two of the goals, and the Dutch manager ?Louis van Gaal will have seen those errors.
We still hope Tim can make the Dutch squad for Brazil, and it will be major disappointment for him if he misses out, but we have our doubts after only a mediocre season (for Tim) at Newcastle.
What do you think?
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