Holland star Tim Krul proud of NUFC form

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TIM Krul says he reported for international duty with his head held high after playing his part in Newcastle United’s remarkable start to the season.

And the goalkeeper is determined to make progress for his country as well as his club this season.

Krul was on the bench for Friday night’s goalless draw against Switzerland in Amsterdam, when AS Roma’s Maarten Stekelenburg started in goal for Bert van Marwijk’s side.

And the 23-year-old – who is also competing with Swansea City’s Martin Vorm for a place between the posts – will again be involved tonight when Holland take on neighbours Germany in Hamburg.

The fixture is one of the fiercest in international football, and Krul – who has been working hard to push Stekelenburg and Vorm for a place in Marwijk’s team – is relishing the high-profile game, which will have a huge TV audience on both sides of the border.

“It’s a massive game,” Krul told SportMail.

“It’s a fantastic. There are three goalies again. I’m looking forward to that, and just pleased again I’m included in the squad.

“I’m just going to enjoy it and push the other two in the squad to show how good I am.”

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