Manager Alan Pardew spoke in the summer about what a source of motivation next year’s tournament would be for his squad.
“I need to play well to get into the national team. I really hope I can regain my place in the Netherlands squad.
“I think they are looking at everyone and if you play a lot of football and perform well, you will get selected, but first things first and Newcastle are my priority.
“If I do well, it benefits everyone, team and myself too. But yes, of course, I want to play in the World Cup – and this is a good start.”
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