By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Tim Krul was an unused substitute for Holland as they beat Slovakia 2-0 in a friendly match in Rotterdam on Wednesday, but the Magpies man has been confirmed as one of three goalkeepers in their Euro 2012 squad.
He will compete with Roma's Maarten Stekelenburg and Swansea's Michel Vorm for a starting berth in Poland and the Ukraine, with all three tasting action in the build-up to the tournament, and Krul believes his country has a "massive chance" of winning the trophy
Stekelenburg started against Slovakia, with the Oranje triumphing through a Kornel Salata own goal and a strike from Rafael van der Vaart. Vorm played in a warm-up fixture against Bayern Munich last week, while Krul won his third cap against Bulgaria at the Amsterdam ArenA last Saturday.
So it remains to be seen who will get the nod from Bert van Marwijk to play between the posts in the Netherlands' opening game of the competition - but 24-year-old Krul is delighted to be taking part in his first major international tournament.
"The best players in the world will be there," the Den Haag-born keeper told nufc.co.uk. "There will be fantastic teams and fantastic players, so I'm looking forward to it. It's a big occasion.
"And we've got a massive chance. We were runners-up in the last World Cup so we are one of the favourites.
"We have a hard group though. We have to get through that first and then we've got a chance after that."
Krul and his team-mates are in Group B along with Germany, Portugal and Denmark.
Their final friendly before the tournament starts is against Northern Ireland - who could feature Newcastle's Shane Ferguson - on Saturday.