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International round-up: Krul makes first Netherlands appearance in five years

7 October 2020

Tim Krul made his long-awaited return for the Netherlands on Wednesday night in their international friendly defeat to Mexico.

Krul has worked his way back into the Oranje reckoning with consistently high quality performances since his arrival at Carrow Road back in the summer of 2018.

The City goalkeeper earned his ninth cap in Amsterdam on Wednesday, his first since 2015, and produced a string of important saves as a much-changed Netherlands side, being led for the first time by new head coach Frank de Boer, lost out by a solitary goal against the Mexicans.

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez struck the game's only goal in the first-half.

Krul and the Netherlands face two more matches in this international break, both coming in the UEFA Nations League against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday and Italy next Wednesday.

Also in international friendly action was Danel Sinani as he and Luxembourg lost 2-1 to Liechtenstein.

The City attacker, currently on loan at Belgian side Waasland-Beveren, played the final 26 minutes of the narrow defeat.

Meanwhile, Teemu Pukki was absent from Finland's squad as they were beaten 4-1 in a friendly against Poland.

Elsewhere on the first day of international action involving Canaries, Max Aarons played the full 90 minutes as England Under-21s were held by Andorra in an entertaining UEFA European Championship qualifier.

The score ended 3-3, with both sides enjoying spells of superiority in a topsy turvy encounter. Aarons was involved in two of the Young Lions' goals.

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Aarons' City teammates Oliver Skipp was an unusued substitute in Andorra.

Next up for Aarons, Skipp and England is another qualifier against Turkey on Tuesday, where they can seal qualification through to the finals with a positive result.


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