By Will Butcher

Newcastle utility man Vurnon Anita has been axed from Holland’s 2018 World Cup qualifying squad to face Belarus and France.

Newcastle’s number eight joins Tottenham’s Michel Vorm and former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar in being omitted from manager Danny Blind’s 23-man squad.

The Evening Chronicle’s Chief Football Writer Lee Ryder revealed the news on his personal Twitter account, despite Anita making Blind’s original 29-man roster.

The 27-year-old is a favourite of manager Rafa Benitez, and has shone at right-back for the Toon before he received his marching orders in the Magpies’ 2-0 loss to Wolves.

Anita was in line to win his fourth cap, six years after making his first appearance for Holland in a friendly against Monaco back in 2010.

However, the former Ajax midfielder will now have to wait for another chance as Blind opts to take former Newcastle stars Luuk de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Anita has played in nine of the North East outfit’sleague and cup games this season, but lost his appeal against the red card shown to him after a lunge on Wolves’ new signing Ivan Cavaleiro.

However, Anita has now finished his three-match ban and could feature on Saturday against Championship strugglers Rotherham at the New York Stadium.

In other Newcastle news, this senior man has been named in the Football League’s team of the week.