Newcastle keeper Tim Krul returned from Holland's disastrous Euro 2012 campaign hungry to make his mark on the international stage.
The 24-year-old sat helplessly on the bench as his country slipped out of the finals having lost all three of their group games, but he is confident the experience of going to the tournament will prove invaluable as he attempts to step up his efforts to nudge ahead of number one Maarten Stekelenburg in the Dutch pecking order.
"It was an experience for me and one that will stand me in good stead," he told the Magpies' official website, www.nufc.co.uk.
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