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Newcastle’s ‘Rolls Royce’ Defender Reflects On World Cup Disappointment



Sven Botman’s exploits for Newcastle since the September international break provided him an outside chance of making the Netherlands squad for the 2022 World Cup. While he made the provisional squad, the defender didn’t make Louis van Gaal’s final cut.

It wasn’t a massive surprise as the Dutchman has yet to receive his first call-up to his national team, though he has played at all of the youth levels. His surprise decision to pull out of the U21s in September to focus on Newcastle turned out to be a wise decision.

Botman has been speaking of his World Cup disappointment. While his aim is to represent his country on the world’s highest stage, he was realistic about his chances for this year’s tournament.

The Chronicle has published the following comments Sven made to Dutch outlet Voetbal International:

“I had not counted on it happening because I have not been called up before under this national coach and have yet to make my debut for the Dutch national team.

“Only because things went so well at Newcastle in recent weeks, of course, I hoped for it. Unfortunately. Hopefully, there will be new opportunities under the new national coach.”

Things have gone beyond well for both Sven and Newcastle in recent weeks. The 22-year-old has quickly turned into a force at the back under Eddie Howe. Some pundits have pegged Botman to become one of the league’s best defenders while he’s earned the moniker Rolls Royce on Tyneside.

He’s landed at a place where he can reach all of his goals under Howe, and eventually The Netherlands. He may have missed this year’s World Cup but he’s destined to get his first cap sooner rather than later.

Newcastle have recently released the following video of Sven’s contributions to this season’s outstanding start.


78 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Mine 😀

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #2

    His time will definitely come

    3
  • Flurzinho

    Nov 18, 2022 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #3

    He is the best defender we have had since Woodgate.

    17
  • ottawageordie2

    Nov 18, 2022 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Jane: Sugar sugar. The Archies. Good feeling song.

    0
  • IrishRob

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Jail from earlier. You were quoting how much Garage Kuol was worth..I was just curious how much our lad Garang Kuol was worth. Lol

    4
  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Welcome Flurzinho,

    Woodgate was indeed a great defender, positionally very astute. I think Botman will prove to be even better though. Woodgate only managed 28 games for NUFC, Botman is already on 13.

    13
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #7

    IrishRob,
    Well at the minute he’s just worth what we paid for him, maybe a bit more given he’s scored a few since we sealed the deal. He’s got a long journey ahead of him and there’s no guarantees.

    1
  • Romford mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Watching that video clip of him

    What I like seeing him do when defending in the box is making himself big (tbf isn’t hard !)
    But also making sure his hands are behind him !

    4
  • Romford mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh and welcome to the blog Flurzinho 🙂

    2
  • Flurzinho

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Taco,

    You are of course correct,defending is an art.
    Imagine Botman and Woodgate.
    I would have enjoyed playing right back in that team.

    3
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #11

    TTT,
    That’s what I don’t get when people rave about Woodgate being our best ever defender, he hardly bloody played for us.

    10
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #12

    I see Serbia scored five and I didn’t see Mitro on the list of scorers, is he still injured?

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  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    But when he did Raj he was next level compared to any defender I recall in a Toon shirt. That is what I guess some of us saw in him. As did Real Madrid.

    Admittedly the less said about his first games for Real Madrid the better.

    6
  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I guess that is the difference between Woodgate and Botman. Woodgates body was so fragile. Botman is a cyborg built out of titanium.

    6
  • clinath@ed

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Quality over quantity Raj.

    3
  • Flurzinho

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #16

    I have watched Newcastle for over 40 years.
    We have not had a better defender than Woodgate!
    His injuries destroyed the best defender this country may have seen.
    Botman,if he can stay fit, will eclipse him in every way.

    9
  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #17

    I wonder if MagicMac is watching the same snooker match as I am? Mark Allen vs. Sam Craigie.

    NI vs. Toon.

    Come on Sam!!

    2
  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ll get the World Cup weekend night party started….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re4aDJL3heA

    0
  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Botman for the Euros in 2024….is it too early? 🙂

    0
  • Regan

    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #20

    https://youtu.be/uO844xT7ivE
    Anytoon..

    I’ll go with this one..

    😆

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Nice one Regan…have to admit I have never come across that. 😉

    1
  • Regan

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ll have to be careful what I’m typing when World Cup willie comes into the equation..

    😳

    1
  • Regan

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Anytoon..

    Can’t believe it’s 40 years old to be fair..

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  • Regan

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #24
  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Regan – Spain 82 is the first WC I vaguely recall watching as a little kid. Good Times.

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #26

    The Taco Taker

    Correct about the snooker mate still watching it and some superb snooker matches today I’ll be on later my friend

    1
  • Regan

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Taco..
    Same mate..

    1
  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #28

    The Taco Taker

    That lad Sam Craigie from Wallsend is doing very well against Mark Allen from our neck of the woods

    1
  • Regan

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #29

    https://youtu.be/eyJTBrbPIHQ
    Vaguely remember this goal for our cousins in Scotland in 78..

    Gets replayed every year and rightly so..

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #30

    That’s where Miggy copied his goal from 🙂

    1
  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Regan

    I can still clearly remember that superb goal by Archie Gemmill against the Dutch like it was yesterday mate.

    1
  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #32

    I remember the Archie Gemmills goal being shown in Trainspotting for whatever that is worth.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Hancock wud eat anything.animal !

    0
  • NY Mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Munster,

    Why do you watch such stuff?

    0
  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Absolutely superb display there by Sam Craigie tonight Mark Allen had to use all his experience of playing top flight snooker to beat the lad.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Where’s rom and regan when you need them…I’ve gone from u2 to the bay city rollers…good god, help me please 🙂

    I’m in a YouTube hell…

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Bye, bye baby…don’t make me cry

    0
  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Agreed Magic, great match to watch, the better
    and more experienced player won.

    1
  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #40

    One for the Pool players on the Blog

    Regan, Taco Taker, Wor B and NY Mag
    Andy Goldstein taking on Jimmy White best of 3 in Pool

    https://youtu.be/zkUmePOe_tw

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