Guus Hiddink is the latest coach of Holland and was appointed in early August, replacing Louis van Gaal when of course joined Manchester United after the World Cup, and he is in his second spell as the Dutch manager having held the position from 1994 – 1998.
Tim Krul wearing bronze medal from World Cup
This is the 67 year-old’s 14th appointment as either a club manager or country manager since he began his management career at PSV Eindhoven in 1987.
And in his first squad Guus has named Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat in the 25-man squad to play matches in Italy and the Czech Republic.
The September 3rd match in Italy is a warm-up game for the game in Prague on September 9th, which is a European Championship qualifier.
This is the squad Guus has named, and it’s unusual to have four goalkeepers named in the squad:
Goalkeepers: Tim Krul (Newcastle), Michael Vorm (Tottenham), Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Jeroen Zoet (PSV)
Defenders: Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle), Stefan de Vri (Lazio), Bruno Martins Indi (Porto), Erik Pieters (Stoke City), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Gregory van der Wiel (PSG), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)
Midfielders: Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Leroy Fer (QPR), Daley Blind (Ajax), Georginio Winaldum (PSV), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord)
Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce)
Once Siem de Jong has settled in on Tyneside, we are hoping the number 10 can get back into the Dutch squad.
Siem has six caps with two goals for Holland so far in his career.
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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