Tim Krul

By Dan King

Tim Krul enjoyed a dream Dutch debut as he kept a clean sheet on his international bow for Holland in Brazil on Saturday evening.

The Magpies keeper, 23, has previously captained his country at under-21 level but was called into the senior squad for the first time ahead of the friendly in Goiania.

And he could not have imagined a better introduction to international football as he made a number of saves against the South Americans in a 0-0 draw.

Krul memorably recorded a shut-out on his Magpies debut in Palermo as a teenager and also remained unbeaten on his league debut against West Brom in August 2009 and his Barclays Premier League bow at Everton in September last year.

After Chelsea midfielder Ramires had a goal ruled out for offside, the United keeper thwarted Santos prospect Neymar on several occasions, as well as making a smart save from Brazil skipper Lucio.

With the hosts piling on the pressure in the second half, Krul also kept out an effort from Robinho on what was a debut to remember from the Den Haag born keeper.

However, his Newcastle team-mate Joan Edmundsson was not celebrating on Friday as his Faroe Islands team were beaten at home by Slovenia in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

He was booked in a 2-0 defeat which keeps Brian Kerr's men bottom of Group C. Faroe Islands take on Estonia, also at home, on Tuesday.