de jong hopes move to Newcastle Utd can help win back Holland place

Newcastle United Sign Siem de Jong
Newcastle United Sign Siem de Jong

SIEM de Jong hopes his move to Newcastle United can help him force his way back into the Holland side - even if they go on to lift the World Cup.

De Jong missed out on a place in the Dutch squad for the tournament in Brazil after an injury-hit season.

The attacker had been around the national team set-up for the last couple of seasons, but missed the cut when Louis Van Gaal named his final 23-man squad.

But he hopes impressing in the Premier League for Newcastle this season will help resurrect his international career.

De Jong said: “I was pretty close this year and hopefully I can get back into the team and play some more games for the national side.”

The 25-year-old, who completed a £6m move from Ajax to Newcastle at the beginning of the week, has six caps under his belt, scoring two goals, though his last appearance came in November against Colombia.

Despite missing out on the Dutch squad, De Jong has followed their progress in Brazil with great interest.

Having romped through the ‘group of death’, including a stunning 5-1 win over defending champions Spain in their opening game, Holland now face Costa Rica tonight in the quarter-final.

And De Jong believes the form of forwards Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben means they can go all the way and lift the trophy.

“In the beginning I thought it would be really hard, the group stage looked hard, but nine points in three games was really amazing

“They are playing smart football and not giving away too many chances, and with Robben and Van Persie flying they are really dangerous.

“You see Robben can create almost out of nothing, create a goal, so I think we have a real dangerous team and I think we will reach pretty far now.

“Against Costa Rica, it will be a hard game. They are difficult team but not impossible to beat and then there will be only two games left.”