By Will Butcher
Newcastle’s Tim Krul could make a surprise return to international football after being called up to Holland’s squad to play Italy and Bulgaria.
Krul, 28, has not played for Holland since injuring his knee back in October 2015, while representing his country in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan.
However, the on-loan Toon stopper has been given a chance to return to the international set-up after Holland revealed the 27-man squad on their official Twitter account.
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Krul, who spent the first half of the season on loan with Dutch giants Ajax before cancelling his move, has finally made his first-team comeback from injury with AZ Alkmaar.
The eight-time Holland international remains a Newcastle player on loan with Alkmaar, as he continues to prove his fitness to Toon boss Rafa Benitez.
However, his first call-up in 18 months will have given Benitez something to think about come the summer when his loan ends, as he continues to shine between the sticks for Alkmaar.
Krul has now made seven appearances for Alkmaar since his return to competitive football on February 4, but has conceded a huge 19 goals in those matches including a 7-1 loss to Lyon.
Nevertheless, Holland boss Danny Blind has decided to give Krul the chance to return to the international fold, along with goalkeepers Michel Vorm, Jasper Cillessen and Jeroen Zoet.