Netherlands manager Danny Blind has explained his reasons with the Dutch media why he’s preselected Tim Krul for the upcoming internationals. The Newcastle United keeper is currently on loan with AZ.

SoccerNews have reported on comments Blind made in his press conference when asked why Krul has been selected after playing just a handful of games this season. The Netherlands boss said the player has come a long way after his injury troubles, and is proving his fitness with AZ. Blind went on to say the media should be giving Krul encouragement rather than questioning his selection.

“Tim is at AZ playing again, which is important to him. He knows himself better than anyone and he’s come a long way. You should therefore be encouraging his preselection?” said Blind

Despite Krul saying he will return to Newcastle United at the end of the season the Netherlands international could find it difficult to force his way back into Benitez’s starting eleven. The Newcastle United boss brought in Matz Sels from Gent in the summer, whilst Karl Darlow is the Spaniard’s current first choice. Krul hasn’t been in the best of form since joining AZ, and he recently conceded five against Feyenoord.