Newcastle Utd boss backing Krul for Holland

Newcastle United's Tim Krul
Newcastle United's Tim Krul

ALAN Pardew is adamant Tim Krul has got what it takes to star at the World Cup finals – and he’s confident he’ll prove it to Holland coach Louis van Gaal.

The Newcastle United goalkeeper was surprisingly left out of van Gaal’s squad for tonight’s friendly against France.

Krul – who is competing against the likes of Swansea City’s Michel Vorm and Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen – has won five international caps.

And United manager Pardew says the 25-year-old was “very disappointed” by his omission from van Gaal’s squad for the game in Paris, which will feature Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy.

Pardew spoke to Krul about the situation before Saturday’s game against Hull City.

And Krul went on to make a superb double save from Alex Bruce in the club’s 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

“Tim was disappointed to be left out of the Holland squad,” Pardew said.

“And I said to him before the game that he needed to put in a performance that warranted a call, and he did. That double save was excellent.

“It was as good as any save he made at Tottenham.

“He’s literally got himself up and launched the attack for our goal, which we’ve worked on.

“He didn’t forget the gameplan in that moment.”

Speaking after the game, Krul said he would “fight and work hard” between now and the end of the Premier League season to cement a place in van Gaal’s World Cup squad.

“If we keep winning like this, hopefully I’ve got a chance,” he said.

“The manager said he’s following 50 players up towards the World Cup, so everything is open.”

For his part, Pardew feels Krul is as good, if not better, than any of the goalkeepers available to van Gaal, who has called up PSV Eindhoven’s Jeroen Zoet, who has been watched by United.

“He’s performed for us, and I think he is (Holland’s best goalkeeper), but he hasn’t made this squad,” said Pardew.

“He’s very disappointed. The only thing he can do is produce performances for us to prove that to be the wrong decision.”