Tim Krul

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Tim Krul can prepare for Holland's European Championship qualifier against San Marino this week safe in the knowledge that Newcastle have picked up seven points from three games so far this term.

He travelled to the Netherlands to join his international team-mates on Sunday morning, the day after helping United beat Fulham 2-1, and hopes to add to the two caps he won against Brazil and Uruguay in the summer.

His country - now ranked the top team in the world by FIFA - are top of Group E with six wins out of six, so a win in Eindhoven would see them take another huge step towards the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.

Victory would guarantee them a top-two finish - and San Marino have yet to pick up a single point from their seven qualifiers. On Tuesday, Holland face Finland in Helsinki.

Krul told nufc.co.uk: "We've got San Marino at home and Finland away so it's a nice little break where you can put your mind on something else.

"But I already can't wait for the next Newcastle game to come.

"We've had a great start. Now it's a little break but hopefully it'll be the same again when we come back."

Another Newcastle player involved in the latest round of European Championship qualifiers is Joan Edmundsson, who missed Tuesday's Reserve game at Wolves after linking up with the Faroe Islands.

They welcome Italy to their 6,000 capacity Tórsvøllur stadium in Torshavn on Friday before travelling to Serbia on Tuesday, but currently sit bottom of Group D with four points from eight games.

Yohan Cabaye's France have away games in Albania (Friday) and Romania (Tuesday) while his midfield partner Cheik Tiote is also on international duty with the Ivory Coast. They face Rwanda in Kigali on Friday in a qualifying game for the African Cup of Nations.

And Jonas Gutierrez is in the Argentina squad to face Venezuela and Nigeria in two friendly fixtures.