International boost for Newcastle star following six-year wait - report
By Will Butcher
Newcastle’s utility man Vurnon Anita could be set to win his first Holland cap since 2010 after being called up to the 2018 World Cup qualifying squad to face Belarus and France.
The 27-year-old has been in impressive form as an emergency right-back for the Toon this campaign, but was sent off on Saturday as Rafa Benitez’s men lost to Wolves 2-0.
Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf revealed on Tuesday afternoon that the versatile midfielder would join former Newcastle stars Georginio Wijnaldum and Luuk de Jong in the squad.
Anita has three caps for his country after making his debut in a friendly against Mexico. The former Ajax man was in line to be named in the 2010 World Cup squad, but failed to make the 23-man cut.
Newcastle’s number eight has played in all of the the North East outfit’s nine league and cup games this season, but could be set for spell on the sidelines if Newcastle’s appeal is not won after he was shown a red card for a lunge on Wolves’ Ivan Cavaleiro.
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Danny Blind’s side have been tasked with qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and have made a solid start to their qualifying campaign after drawing 1-1 away to Sweden.
They host Belarus, who produced an impressive draw against France in their opening Group A game, on October 7 before facing France at the Amsterdam Arena three days later.