Newcastle United star looking for ‘new opportunities’ after World Cup snub



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The Magpies star has opened up about his disappointment at missing out on the World Cup finals squad.

Newcastle United defender Sven Botman has admitted he was “hoping” to be called up for the Netherlands’ World Cup squad but is now looking for “new opportunities” after the tournament.

The former Ajax centre-back has been in fine form since moving to Tyneside in a £35million deal from French club Lille in the summer. After making his full debut in a goalless draw at Brighton and Hove Albion, Botman has made 15 appearances in all competitions as Eddie Howe’s side have made an impressive start to the season.

Their form at the center of the back four has meant the Magpies have conceded the fewest goals combined in the Premier League, with United and leaders Arsenal on just eleven in the opening three months of the campaign.

Botman recently received special praise from Howe, with the Magpies boss saying: “Of course he’s very young, he’s only had a handful of Premier League games so he hasn’t had the longevity to say it for a time. longer period of time, and that’s the challenge for him, to reach the consistent levels he needs. On the ball, he’s excellent. Technically he’s at a very high level and can make short and long passes. He’s got all the tools. He has picked up very quickly and picked up the pace of the Premier League very quickly, the physicality.”

Botman was named in a provisional World Cup finals squad by Dutch manager Louis van Gaal but missed out on a place at the tournament when the former Manchester United manager finalized his 26-man squad. Speaking about the decision, Botman admitted he is already looking to the future and impressing a new manager when Van Gaal steps down at the end of the tournament.

He told Dutch channel Voetbal International: “I didn’t expect it to happen because I haven’t been called up before with this national coach and I have yet to make my debut for the Dutch national team. Only because the last few weeks have gone so well at Newcastle, of course, I expected it. Hopefully, there will be new opportunities under the new national coach.”


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