Tim Krul named in Holland squad for first time since 2015

PUBLISHED: 19:11 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 19:11 11 March 2020

Krul has been named in the Holland squad for the first time since 2015. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Krul has been named in the Holland squad for the first time since 2015. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul has been named in Ronald Koeman’s provisional Holland squad for the upcoming fixtures against the United States and Spain later this month.

Krul last played for his country in 2015 in a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan.

That fixture was where Krul's career stalled after he landed awkwardly on an artificial pitch during Euro 2016 qualification.

A scan revealed the goalkeeper had suffer a damaged anterior cruciate ligament which ended his campaign and, subsequently, his Newcastle United career.

Loans with Dutch sides Ajax and AZ Alkmaar followed after his return and helped Krul regain full fitness before a year as an understudy to Mat Ryan at Brighton and Hove Albion.

He joined City in 2018 and played a pivotal role in the Canaries title-winning campaign last season. After a slow start, Krul displayed his quality with a string of excellent saves.

The 31-year-old has been one of the Canaries stand-out performers this season, despite there being serious questions marks surrounding his ability last summer.

City brought in Ralf Fahrmann to challenge their shot-stopper, but his performances have seen him establish his role in Daniel Farke's side, whilst Fahrmann's loan has been terminated.

Krul was the hero as the Canaries progressed to their first FA Cup quarter-final in 28 years, when he saved two penalties in a shoot-out victory against Spurs.

Holland manager Ronald Koeman, centre, alongside his goalkeeper coach Patrick Lodewijks, left, at Carrow Road earlier this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdHolland manager Ronald Koeman, centre, alongside his goalkeeper coach Patrick Lodewijks, left, at Carrow Road earlier this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Krul famously won a shoot-out for his country in the World Cup 2014, when ex-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal substituted him on in extra time specifically to face the penalties.

In a parallel with his City exploits, Krul saved two penalties as Holland beat Costa Rica in a 4-3 shoot-out victory.

Now, he is primed for his ninth international cap and joins Jasper Cillessen of Valencia, Marco Bizot of AZ Almaar and Jeroen Zoet of FC Utrecht in the provisional squad.

His international debut arrived in 2011, when he kept a clean sheet against Brazil side which included Neymar, Robinho and Dani Alves.

Koeman has been present at a number of City's matches this season alongside his goalkeeper coach Patrick Lodewijks to run the over City's number one and it appears Krul has impressed his international boss.

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