Sol Campbell departs Newcastle United

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SOL Campbell has left Newcastle after a disappointing year on Tyneside, writes MILES STARFORTH.

Boss Alan Pardew said: “Sol’s gone and good luck to him.

“He has been an icon in the game but he didn’t feature too much here.

“Our centre-backs have been a strong point for us this season and that’s perhaps why. But it’s good luck to Sol and we must look forward now instead.”

Pardew added: “We are looking to the future now. We’ll have a small holiday period but throughout it we will be trying to bring the players in we need.”

 Meanwhile, Tim Krul achieved his dream of playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League this season.

And the goalkeeper’s now focused on making his senior Holland debut.

Krul was this week named in Bert van Marwijk’s squad for next month’s friendlies against away to Brazil and Uruguay on June 4 and 8.

The 23-year-old ended the season between the posts for Newcastle after first-choice Steve Harper was ruled out of the club’s last two games with a knee injury.

Marwijk’s call-up capped Krul’s best season yet at St James’s Park, with his league start against West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the season his 21st of the campaign.

“I’ve always said if I play in the Premier League, the chance will come in the national team,” Krul said.“It’s amazing – I’ve played at every level from U15 upwards, and it doesn’t get any better than playing Brazil and Uruguay away.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play a few games this season.

“The national manager said when he named the last squad that I’m on their radar, but I wasn’t playing at the time.

“It’s different now, and it’ll be fantastic to be involved.”

Pardew is keeping an open mind as to his first-choice goalkeeper next season, and Krul and Harper will have to fight off a challenge from Fraser Forster, who has been on a season-long loan at Celtic.

Krul, for his part, is convinced he will return for pre-season buoyed by his experiences on the international stage.

“I think (Alan Pardew) will want me to go away and enjoy myself – the experience will be amazing,” Krul went on.

“Then I’ll fight pre-season – it’s one big fight, and I’ve got to make sure I’m fit. I’ve played 25 games this season, and that’s more than I expected. I’m more than happy with that.”