Newcastle’s Georgino Wijnaldum: We need a lucky break!

Georginio Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum

Newcastle United’s Dutch contingent haven’t given up hope of reaching Euro 2016 – but their chances are slim.

Holland – who finished third in last years’s World Cup finals under Louis van Gaal – could yet claim a play-off spot in after a dismal qualifying campaign.

Iceland and Czech Republic have already qualified from Group A.

And third-placed Turkey are two points ahead of Holland with two games left to play.

United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum says he and his international team-mates, including Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat and Vurnon Anita, can only focus on beating Kazahkstan in Astana tomorrow evening.

“After the World Cup we turned back to Holland with a lot of confidence as we finished third in the tournament,” said Wijnaldum, signed from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.

“Everybody in Holland thought (after) the first round we were going home, but we made it to the semi-final.

“We had a good feeling (about) the road to the Euros, but we didn’t play how we played in the World Cup.

“Now we must wait on Turkey and hope they lose against the Czech Republic.

“We’re going to see. We can’t control that. We can control our own performance with the Dutch team. We have to win two games.

“We must look at ourselves and hope Turkey will lose.”

Holland, now coached by Danny Blind, need luck, according to Wijnaldum.

“Even if we win two times, and Turkey win also two times - or win one and draw one - they go to the play-offs, so you must have luck,” Wijnaldum told BBC Radio Newcastle.