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.
Sven Botman making it look easy. ??? pic.twitter.com/SFh4m781Ov
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