Hup Leroy Hup! Netherlands win would keep Norwich City star’s hopes of World Cup history alive
06:55 09 July 2014
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Norwich City stay Leroy Fer will be hoping his Netherlands side can help him have a chance to become the first Canary to play in football’s biggest game.
The midfielder has had few opportunities in Brazil after a season of mixed personal fortunes at Carrow Road.
But in the one appearance he has made, the Dutchman made a huge impact, coming off the bench to score the first goal in a 2-0 group stage win against Chile.
His prospects of staying at the tournament were then put in jeopardy by a hamstring injury which ruled him out of Holland’s next two games.
He remains a doubt for tonight’s game against Argentina, but will be hoping his team-mates can overcome Lionel Messi and co to book a place in Sunday’s final.
Should Holland get there, his chances of playing have been boosted by a groin injury to fellow midfielder, Nigel de Jong, which has ruled the former Manchester City player out of the tournament.
Speaking earlier in the tournament, Fer said the Dutch team were “united” at the World Cup.
“One of our strengths this time is that we are all together and united. We’re one team, we do it with 23 men, the technical and medical staff. One unit,” he said.
The Norfolk-based player has been spotted enjoying the sun in Rio while based there.
Photographs of him on the beach made the national press as he recovered from his hamstring injury in the company of his girlfriend.
He has also been tweeting frequently during the tournament, including taking the time to wish departing City star, Robert Snodgrass, good luck on his move to Hull City.
If Holland qualify and he makes an appearance, Fer will become the first ever Norwich player to play in a World Cup Final.
He is already the first Canary to score at the tournament, and only the fourth to ever play at one.
Martin O’Neill was the first at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. He was part of the Billy Bingham side which pulled off a major shock by beating the hosts 1-0 to qualify for the knockout rounds.
Andy Townsend and Robert Fleck were the next yellows to appear, at Italia ‘90.
Townsend was part of the Republic of Ireland side which faced England in the group stages and made it to the quarter-finals, losing to Italy 1-0.
Fleck played two games in the tournament, including a substitute’s appearance against Brazil in their final game. The Scots went out after an early shock defeat against Costa Rica left them needing to beat the Brazilians, to whom they lost 1-0.
Bryan Gunn was also part of the Scotland squad in Italy, but never made an appearance.
Keep an eye out for Fer in tonight’s game and send us your good luck messages for the City midfielder by using the Twitter hashtag #goodluckleroy