VURNON Anita says a World Cup call-up from Holland is the last thing on his mind – as his only focus is Newcastle United.
Anita (above) is keen to add to his three international caps.
But the midfielder – who narrowly missed out on a place in Holland’s squad for the last World Cup – hasn’t been called up by his country since joining Newcastle.
And the 24-year-old – who has impressed in his recent club apperances – says he has put all thoughts of an Oranje international recall to the back of his mind.
Instead, Anita – who hopes to play against Norwich City at St James’s Park on Saturday – is only thinking of pulling on a black and white shirt.
“I don’t think about the World Cup, I think about Newcastle,” Anita said.
“If I play a lot here, maybe I get a call from the coach from Holland, and then we look forward.
“But I take it step by step. First is Newcastle, and to play games here.
“The club is more important for me than the national team now. I must do my best here first, and then we can see what’s next.”
Holland qualifed for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil with a near-perfect qualification campaign. Louis van Gaal’s side dropped just two points.
And versatile Anita will be supporting his countrymen if he doesn’t earn a late call from van Gaal.
“I will support them,” he said. “Hopefully, they will do well and keep on going.”
Meanwhile, Anita’s United team-mate Tim Krul – who has five Holland caps – looks certain to go to Brazil.