Toon stopper sets sights on England

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is hoping to maintain his place as Dutch No.1 ahead of Wednesday night's eye-catching friendly fixture against England.

The 23-year-old stopper made his international debut for Holland against Brazil in June, and after holding the Samba stars to a 0-0 draw continued in-between the sticks against Uruguay.

With 21 Barclays Premier League appearances to his name last term, Krul established himself as first choice at St. James' Park, and is hoping he can do the same for his country, starting at Wembley.

"I'm very excited, especially with it being against England at Wembley. It's a place - especially in a game like that - which is fantastic to be. I've never played there before so that would be really good," Krul told the official Newcastle United website.

"The games in the summer against Brazil and Uruguay were a dream come true. As a little boy, you want to play for your country and to make your debut against Brazil is something special.

"And it's not a bad game to go to next week against England. It's a friendly but I think England and Holland are two massive nations in football and I'm really looking forward to it."

Krul will be hoping the game against the Three Lions can at least be completed, after the Magpies' most recent friendly against Fiorentina was abandoned after 64 minutes.

With the game level at 0-0, referee Mark Halsey was forced to intervene due to a waterlogged pitch, and it was a decision full back Danny Simpson unfortunately had to agree with.

"Calling it off was probably the best decision, especially with a week to go before the season," said the defender.

"You don't want to get any injuries. Obviously we're gutted for the fans because they came down, but it probably was the right decision."

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