No Dutch recall for Norwich City ace Tim Krul

PUBLISHED: 10:51 31 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:53 31 October 2019

Tim Krul saved Marcus Rashford's penalty against Manchester United, and also denied Anthony Martial's spot-kick, during Norwich City's home defeat 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tim Krul saved Marcus Rashford's penalty against Manchester United, and also denied Anthony Martial's spot-kick, during Norwich City's home defeat Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City number one Tim Krul is on Holland's radar for an international recall - but has missed out on the latest squad announced on Thursday for an upcoming Euro2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland.

Krul revealed the Dutch goalkeeping coach had been in touch after his superb display against Manchester United, which saw him save penalties from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, and make a series of crucial stops in a 3-1 Carrow Road defeat.

But head coach Ronald Koeman has resisted the temptation to bring Krul back into the international fold for next month's qualifier against Jamal Lewis' Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Valencia keeper Jasper Cillessen is Holland's current first choice, with Marco Bizot and Kenneth Vermeer provide the competition, who both play in their homeland for Alkmaar and Feyenoord respectively. All three have retained their place in the latest Dutch squad.

"They are watching me. They're happy that I'm playing at the highest level again," the City keeper told the Peptalk show on Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport.

"I need to continue to do this and remain important for my team, then hopefully the Dutch team will come again."

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Krul added Patrick Lodewijks, the goalkeeper coach of the national team, has been in touch since Sunday's game.

"I received a message that he saw the images," he said. "I know I'm being watched, but also that the coach (Ronald Koeman) likes to stick to a fixed team. I just have to keep doing my best."

The former Newcastle number one has eight international caps and famously came on as a substitute during the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, for a penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica, making two saves to earn a 4-3 win.

Krul's last appearance was in October 2015 though, suffering a serious knee ligament injury when landing awkwardly on an artificial pitch in Kazakhstan, coming off in the 81st minute of a 2-1 win during Euro 2016 qualification.

That began a lengthy spell out which eventually brought an end to the Dutchman's time at Newcastle, after loan stints at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, eventually spending a season as cover at Brighton before his time at Norwich began.

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