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Wednesday 30 July 2014

De Guzman hoping for Dutch call-up

SWANSEA 3 STOKE 1

Jamie Holland

Published 21/01/2013|05:00

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Jonathan de Guzman's brilliant double will have given Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal a timely nudge.

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Swansea's uncapped midfielder struck twice in the space of 23 second-half minutes, with a superb textbook curling free-kick followed by the finishing gloss on a sensational team goal.

Now the Canadian-born De Guzman, who has represented the Netherlands at U-21 level, believes he has staked his claim for a debut senior call-up for next month's Italy friendly.

De Guzman is on a season-long loan from Villarreal, and the 25-year-old indicated he would like to stay with Michael Laudrup's Swans next season.

"I'm happy, it's going well and I've scored six goals," he said. "If there is an opportunity I would love to stay."

Swansea warmed up in perfect fashion for the second leg of their League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday night, in which they hold a 2-0 advantage

For Stoke, Michael Owen's injury-time header for his landmark 150th Premier League goal proved scant consolation, but Tony Pulis insists he wants to keep the England forward.

Fellow Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones' future is uncertain after he was the subject of a £3m bid from Swansea last week. The bid was rejected, but a move to the Welsh side is expected this week.

Irish Independent

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