Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul says he has taken lessons from Holland's Euro 2012 nightmare and is determined to push on with the Magpies this season.
Krul took a backseat to Dutch No.1 Maarten Stekelenburg in Poland and Ukraine and could only watch from the bench as the Oranje slumped to defeat in all three of their group games to seal a shock early exit.
The 24-year-old says the experience was a valuable learning curve and insists it has only strengthened his resolve to claim the Holland gloves as his own in the future.
Krul, speaking from Newcastle's pre-season training camp in Germany, told the club's official website: "It was an experience for me and one that will stand me in good stead.
"I was involved at a major tournament. I've got to remember that, and it was great to be a part of it.
"It's just a shame that it turned out to be such a difficult tournament for Holland.
"Losing three times in a row is not what the Dutch national team do. So from that point of view it was a big shame, but for me it was a great experience overall.
"Being there made me realise that's where I want to be. I want to be the number one for my country and play in tournaments like that every two years.
"It was exciting to be there, see what it's like and it gave me a real taste for it.
"It's given me a real push to perform well for Newcastle and make it where I want to be for the national team."
Krul, who will return to training on Tuesday, says he is raring to go ahead of the new season after his summer break.
"I'm excited to be back and it's good to see the boys again after a break," he added.
"Woody (Andy Woodman, goalkeeping coach) has already had a few words with me and he's got some training programmes for me to get going with.
"But I'm looking forward to it. Holidays are nice but after a while you start to miss the football and I have been raring to go again."
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