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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

  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #41

    Taco Taker you will love this one mate

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  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #42

    Will check it out Magic mate. Need to sleep soon though, as it happens I am meeting a mate at the Snooker club at noon tomorrow. Will be a long day so I want to be well rested.

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #43

    No worries Taco i know you play your mate at pool every saturday, i hope he beats you this time Taco 😀 😀 😀

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  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #44

    Not every Saturday mate, been almost a month since we last played. I hope he is still reeling from my last win…he was 5-1 up!

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #45

    Howay lads…get with it, the World Cup is upon us
    It’s coming home

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #46

    I can remember this Scotland v Peru match from the 1978 world cup, where Peru had a fabulous player called Cubillas and Scotland manager was Ally MacLeod.

    https://youtu.be/uVOJ0ivNLK8

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #47

    NY Mag

    There is more chance of it coming home to Ireland 😀 😀 😀 Only teasing you my friend in the Big Apple 😀 😀

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #48

    Magic,

    I think you’re right, but it won’t stop me dreaming

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #49

    NY Mag and any lurkers in Romfords Lurking dungeon Nite Nite folks keep safe HWTL

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #50

    NY Mag

    Put it this way you lads have a better chance than our lot mate 😀 😀 catch up with you soon my friend Nite Nite Sir.

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #51

    Goodnight magic…..

    I’m currently onto schwaddaddy….bad night for me 🙁

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 19, 2022 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #52

    Since I’m in a good mood……and I’m pished

    https://youtu.be/3GwjfUFyY6M

    Take care all…c’mon England on Monday

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 19, 2022 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #53

    Just in the middle of watching the Ronaldo interview as it just came out on youtube to watch here…..very interesting so far. So we are not the only club that didn’t put any money into facilities for over 15 years it seems.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 19, 2022 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #54

    Thanks for the tune NY Mag. A good upbeat song and dance in the morning is the equivalent of getting out the bed on the right side.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 19, 2022 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #55

    Man U have spent almost the same as City in the last decade and almost twice that of Liverpool. Although both those team buy young sell for profit. Man U buy at peak price and sell for nothing after they fail to improve. They’ve been so poorly run it’s criminal. I thought bringing in Rangnick as Director would have sorted them as he focuses on youth, scouting and modern tactics and is probably the best DoF in history. Shame we never got to see what he could do with a big team, but probably best for us.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 19, 2022 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #56

    Has everyone finalised their World Cup teams, I’ve chucked young Kuol up top.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 19, 2022 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #57

    When’s the deadline Raj?

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 19, 2022 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #58

    I would imagine it’s tomorrow aye kick off time, best get it done today though, I’m not sure if anyone has posted the code in a while though.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 19, 2022 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #59

    I hope things pick up once the football starts tomorrow, that was an absolute shite show yesterday with all that political talk. As much as he denies it and says he only joins in to other conversations, TDSarf is the worst for it, it is very easily ignored if you don’t wish to encourage it.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 19, 2022 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #60

    I’m already in your league Raj, but I made the team in only a few minutes so need to do it properly.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 19, 2022 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #61

    ZG,
    It’s not my league, Scythe set it up.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 19, 2022 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #62

    Allegations Qatar have bribed Ecuadorean players to lose 1-0. Their win in the Asia cup was fishy too.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 19, 2022 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #63

    ZG,
    Someone told me this morning that all their behind closed door friendlies had high amount of penties awarded.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Nov 19, 2022 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #65

    Jail,

    Tis a shame a lot of the eyes of the world are watching Qatar for reasons other than football mate.
    I’ll be in Bahrain for the USA game slurping the Carling. Got a brunch to deal 1st in the afternoon then the game at 10pm, probably take a siesta at teatime, but there is always the potential for that plan A to go horribly horribly wrong and I miss the match 😆

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 19, 2022 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #66

    Tfb,
    It wouldn’t have been so bad even if had gone to Saudi who at least have had a presence at most world cups and the infrastructure to deal with so many people. We all know that FIFA is corrupt but to fo it so openly has opened a huge can of worms, there are loads of people, myself included that are hoping it’s a massive fail.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2022 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #67

    Ny, I only watched it for a few mins as wife had it on. I hate reality TV.

    Mind you, you’re on the talk, listening to Shawaddywaddy!!!

    🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2022 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #68

    Training now, gonna be minging cold

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 19, 2022 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #69

    Munster,

    Mea culpa….you got me there 🙂

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  • John Carnivore

    Nov 19, 2022 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #70

    Any word on injuries following our last match. I’m sure Botman went off with injury.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 19, 2022 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #71

    Looks like the Quataris are making last minute changes to prior agreements – surprise surprise ————NOT.

    Dying to see what those pundits are going to say/ do when they said they are going to bring up all the issues that Quatar has been accused of.
    Great if they do but I strongly suspect they will not or they won’t be allowed to.

    Shocking corruption – everybody knows it but could not do anything to stop it.

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 19, 2022 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #72

    John,

    Botman did limp off, but he’s got a fair bit of time to get himself right again

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 19, 2022 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #73

    Waste of time the other night. I cannot stand that reality TV shite.

    I had no choice to watch it as the wife had it on the telly. She had chained me to the sofa so I couldn’t escape and had to watch it.
    I never watch shite like that……………honest.

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  • Ronway

    Nov 19, 2022 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #74

    I think Rob Lee’s got it right in this article from the Evening Chronicle.

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-legend-hails-amazing-25554510

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Nov 19, 2022 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #75

    WC Fantasy alert!!

    They have re-written the rules to make them clearer..Ahem!!

    What’s really interesting, is that you can use your WC twice in a Matchday..

    Happy days…. 😀

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  • John Carnivore

    Nov 19, 2022 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #76

    Scythe – when your about could you please post the World Cup fantasy details. Need something extra to make it a bit more interesting.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 19, 2022 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #77

    I don’t get the criticisms of people going to the World Cup to do their jobs. How many of you would refuse a client or job with links to Qatar or another region? Christ…we’ve all loved our new owners from Saudi Arabia! Hypocritical much?

    I’ve said all along that the best way to highlight issues isn’t to boycott and isolate these regimes and countries but bring them into the global community and talk about the issues. It’s not as if we’re perfect in this country.

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  • Ronway

    Nov 19, 2022 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #78

    JC – #76

    Here you go; originally from Scythe.

    Anyone else interested in World Cup fantasy football? If so, set your team up and enter the code.

    Here’s the code: 052QKU43

    https://play.fifa.com/fantasy-classic/

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