Sven Botman is now the only Newcastle player waiting to discover his World Cup fate
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Sven Botman is now the only Newcastle player waiting to discover his World Cup fate

Six Newcastle United players have been confirmed for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, and Sven Botman could make it seven on Friday.

Gareth Southgate has announced his England squad for the tournament, and it includes Toon stars Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson.

It is incredibly exciting to see them selected, and they will join Bruno Guimaraes, Fabian Schar and Garang Kuol in competing on football’s grandest stage.

The majority of countries have announced their squad, but a few still remain. That includes the Netherlands, who will confirm their list of 26 on Friday.

They announced a 39-man longlist in October, and Botman made the cut. Now he faces an agonizing wait to see if he makes the final squad.

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Botman faces stiff competition to go to the World Cup

It will be a remarkable turnaround for Botman if he is included in Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad. It was only September when he was criticised for pulling out of the Dutch’s Under-21s side.

But the 22-year-old’s form for Newcastle has earned him senior recognition, as he edges closer to a first ever cap for his country.

However, he faces stiff competition if he is to make the Netherlands team. Van Gaal also has centre-backs Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Ake and Stefan de Vrij to choose from.

If Botman can join that elite group, it will be a real testament to his form this season. After a slow start, the £35million man has really started to impose himself at St James’ Park.

The youngster looks very comfortable in the Premier League, and clearly has a bright future on Tyneside. He is also a future Netherlands international, but whether that opportunity comes at the upcoming World Cup remains to be seen.

If he is selected, seven of Eddie Howe’s players will be in Qatar. That is quite a lot, and it will be interesting to see how it affects Newcastle when domestic football resumes in December.

All Botman will be interested in now is the Netherlands announcement on Friday November 11th. But if he does make the cut, don’t expect to see him on penalty duty after Wednesday night…