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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Oct 8, 2013

Norwich's Fer sets sights on World Cup

Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer hopes his impressive performances for the East Anglians can win him a place in the Netherlands World Cup squad.

Leroy Fer looks the pick of Norwich's summer signings.
Leroy Fer has impressed for Norwich.

Davitt: Plaudits cold comfort

Fer, 23, has been called up by national coach Louis van Gaal after injuries to Jonathan de Guzman and Stijn Schaars and hopes to get the chance to play in the World Cup qualifiers against Hungary and Turkey, with Netherlands already through to Brazil 2014.

The midfielder joined the Canaries from FC Twente in the summer, one of a clutch of signings made by manager Chris Hughton as he revamped the squad following an 11th-placed finish last season.

"It is far too early to talk about the World Cup, but playing in Brazil against the best players in the world is a once in a lifetime chance," he told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

"I will do everything to be part of that, but I can only do it in one way -- give everything at Norwich and take all chances I get for the Oranje with both hands."

Fer, whose last senior call-up came as a substitute against Turkey in September 2009, added: "It is really fantastic that I am here again. The first months at Norwich City gave me a good feeling, and the experience here in England is fantastic.

"Fortunately, I could adapt quickly. I now also want to show that I have developed myself with Holland."

His Norwich teammate and fellow countryman Ricky van Wolfswinkel, another summer arrival at Carrow Road, has not scored since his debut goal against Everton on the opening day of the season – but Hughton was quick to praise the striker's work ethic.

He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "Nobody can fault his work-rate. Would he be disappointed he hasn't got the goals he would have liked? Yes, he's a striker that's used to scoring goals and sometimes it takes time.

"First and foremost you want to make sure he is doing a good job for the team, which he is, and I am quite sure that if he continues in that vein the goals will come."

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