Monday 21 October 2019

Steve McClaren urges Newcastle's Holland players to bounce back against West Ham

Georginio Wijnaldum, pictured, has been urged to put his international disappointment behind him
Georginio Wijnaldum, pictured, has been urged to put his international disappointment behind him

Steve McClaren has urged his Holland stars to put their international misery behind them and help to kick-start Newcastle's Barclays Premier League season.

Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita and Georginio Wijnaldum were all part of the Dutch squad which lost 1-0 at home to Iceland and 3-0 in Turkey during the international break to leave themselves in peril of missing out on the Euro 2016 finals.

With Daryl Janmaat and Siem de Jong also hoping to force their way back into Danny Blind's plans, the repercussions of a bad week will have been felt deeply at St James' Park.

However, McClaren is confident his Oranje contingent will be able to put their disappointment to one side to aid the Magpies in their quest for a first league win of the campaign at West Ham on Monday evening.

The former England manager said: "I have got experience of both sides and you really can just park your club when you are with your international team, you can park it.

"It is a weird experience, going from one to the other, but they adapt so quickly, footballers.

"Yes, they are internationals, they are a team and then they come back to the club and it's great to see everybody else.

"Win, lose or draw in the internationals, good result or bad, they kind of just get on with it.

"If they lose and are disappointed, it's great to come back to the buzz of the club, and if they win, it's good that they bring back the infectious confidence.

"All I say is just enjoy the experience and come back fit making sure you are ready to play."

McClaren will be without striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has he starts a three-match ban following his dismissal against Arsenal, but opposite number Slaven Bilic could hand a first appearance of the season to former Magpie Andy Carroll following his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

However, the Croatian also has deadline-day signings Michail Antonio, Victor Moses and Nikica Jelavic available, and the Newcastle head coach admits he will simply have to wait and see.

McClaren said: "He made two or three signings in the window, and loans. I don't know what his team is going to be, so we are just preparing what we can do."

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