VURNON Anita says a World Cup call-up from Holland is the last thing on his mind – as his only focus is Newcastle United.
Anita is keen to add to his three international caps.
But the midfielder – who narrowly missed out on a place in Holland’s squad for the last World Cup – has not been called up by his country since joining Newcastle.
And the 24-year-old – who has impressed in his recent apperances for the Magpies – says he has put all thoughts of an Oranje international recall to the back of his mind.
Instead, Anita – who hopes to play against Norwich City in Saturday’s Premier League clash at St James’s Park – is only thinking of pulling on a black and white shirt.
“I don’t think about the World Cup, I think about Newcastle,” Anita insisted.
“If I play a lot here, maybe I get a call from the coach from Holland, and then we look forward. But I take it step by step.
“First is Newcastle, and to play games here. The club is more important for me than the national team now. I must do my best here first, and then we can see what’s next.”
Holland qualifed for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil with a near-perfect qualification campaign. Louis van Gaal’s side dropped just two points.
And versatile Anita will be supporting his countrymen if he doesn’t earn a late call from van Gaal.
“I will support them,” he said. “Hopefully, they will do well and keep on going.”
Anita’s club-mate Tim Krul – who has five Holland caps – looks certain to go to Brazil.
Meanwhile, Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has labelled France’s victory over Ukraine as the greatest moment of his career.
Cabaye helped his country overturn a two-goal deficit on Tuesday to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy was also in Didier Deschamps’s starting XI, while Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy were unused substitutes as France won the second leg 3-0.
“Such a turnaround is unique,” said Cabaye. “We did it. This is perhaps the best match of my career.
“I think we deserve to be going to Brazil.”
Cabaye was due back in training at Newcastle’s Benton HQ today.