Newcastle United were linked with 21 year-old Spanish striker Juanmi Jimenez of Malaga on Sunday, and he made his debut tonight starting for Spain in Amsterdam against Holland, and Daryl Janmaat made his return to the Holland side at right back in a game in which both sides played well with Holland winning 2-0.
Juanmi Jimenez in Malaga colors – first cap tonight for Spain
Two first half goals from De Vrij (13 mins) and Klaassen (16) were enough to give Holland a very good win and they looked impressive, especially in the first half.
Juanmi has played for the Spanish U17, U18 and U19 sides and he was in the Spanish side who won two consecutive UEFA European Under-19 Championships, scoring two goals in the 2011 tournament in Romania.
Newcastle have done a lot of scouting in Spain this season, and it’s not too surprising we will be linked with a number of Spanish players in the summer.
Jimenez played well tonight on his International debut, and he looked sharp in front of goal.
Maybe bigger clubs may be zoning in on the young Spanish striker this summer, given he has become a full Spanish International at just 21.
And his previous transfer price of £3M may have just gone up too.
Daryl Janmaat played the whole game tonight and he was solid as usual, and Daryl seems to come through the game uninjured – which is good news.
It was good to see one of Newcastle’s best players this season finally make a return to the Holland side after his mistake last September in the Czech Republic.
Tim Krul was on the bench and there was a rare start for 29 year-old Kenneth Vermeer of Feyenoord, and he had a very good game.
England drew with Italy 1-1 in Turin, after looking mediocre in the first half when Italy went ahead with a goal from Southampton’s Graziano Pelle after 29 minutes.
But England improved in the second half and equalized with a brilliant 25 yard effort from Spurs’ Andros Townsend.
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