MAN of the moment Tim Krul hopes his Newcastle United form will be enough to help him realise his World Cup dream, writes ROSS GREGORY.
The in-form goalkeeper produced a stunning performance to help the Magpies see off Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The shot-stopper produced 14 saves in the game – some of them right out of the top drawer – in possibly his best-ever performance for Newcastle.
Afterwards, he jetted off to link up with the Dutch squad for their friendlies against Japan and Colombia.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew described Krul as Holland’s best goalkeeper, but national team boss Louis van Gaal is yet to be convinced, and is still making up his mind over who will be his number one for the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer – and also which two players will be back-up.
Krul, who has won five caps for the Oranje, admits he faces a fight to make the World Cup squad despite his impressive club form.
“I made my debut (for Holland) in Brazil,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll travel and get a chance to play.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence turning up for internationals.
“I’m looking forward to meeting up with them. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to play.”
The 24-year-old faces competition from Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen and Fulham’s Maarten Stekelenburg for a starting berth for tomorrow night’s clash against Japan in Genk, with Cillessen expected to get the nod.
If that’s the case, Krul will be hoping to play some part against fellow World Cup qualifiers Colombia on Tuesday.
There is also Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to contend with, but Van Gaal dropped him from the squad for the double header.