Newcastle keeper Tim Krul gets Dutch call-up

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk called up Newcastle United
goalkeeper Tim Krul on Monday for his team’s friendlies against
Brazil and Uruguay next month.

It is the first call-up for the 23-year-old Krul and comes at
the end of a strong season with Newcastle. Van Marwijk also named
uncapped NEC Nijmegen ‘keeper Jasper Cillessen in his 23-man squad
for the June 4 match against Brazil and June 8 clash with
Uruguay.

First-choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is still recovering
from a broken right thumb.

Captain Mark van Bommel will not make the trip to South America
as the AC Milan midfielder is about to undergo minor surgery to his
right leg, Van Marwijk said. Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der
Vaart also is out with a calf injury.

While the Dutch midfield has been weakened by injuries, Inter
Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder is fit. Sneijder scored a rare
headed goal in the Netherlands’ 2-1 quarterfinal defeat of Brazil
at last year’s World Cup.

The Netherlands forward line is at full strength, and will
likely feature Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool and Bayern Munich winger
Arjen Robben on the flanks, with either Klaas Jan Huntelaar or
Robin van Persie as striker.

Van Persie scored a record ninth successive away goal in the
English Premier League on Sunday in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Fulham,
while Huntelaar scored in each half of Schalke’s 5-0 thrashing of
Duisburg in the German Cup final.

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Goalkeepers: Michel Vorm (Utrecht), Tim Krul (Newcastle United),
Jasper Cillessen (NEC Nijmegen).

Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart), John Heitinga
(Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax),
Kevin Strootman (Utrecht), Edson Braafheid (Hoffenheim), Jeffrey
Bruma (Leicester City), Erik Pieters (PSV).

Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona), Nigel de Jong
(Manchester City), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia), Stijn Schaars (AZ
Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax).

Forwards: Eljero Elia (Hamburg), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke),
Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben
(Bayern Munich) Luuk de Jong (Twente).