Norwich striker Van Wolfswinkel targets World Cup selection with Netherlands

The 24-year-old insists that he is unfazed by his £8 million price tag and claims that he is motivated when playing as a lone forward following his stint at Sporting Lisbon
Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes to be part of Netherlands' World Cup squad in Brazil.

The 24-year-old, who officially completed his move from Sporting Lisbon on Monday, earned his second cap for Louis van Gaal's side in a friendly against Indonesia in June and is looking for a strong first Premier League season to stay in the national reckoning.

"It would be great to be there [at the World Cup], for me and also for the club, for Norwich to have their players in the national teams," Van Wolfswinkel told reporters.

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"For me, it is of course a decision to go to Norwich for the future, to be there for the World Cup, but my main focus is Norwich. The Dutch squad is something extra; now I need to develop myself here. To score goals will be important for the team, then the national team will come later.

"The Portuguese League is not on the TV in Holland. The Premier League is every day, so more people see you and, if you are in the news, performing well, then the [international] coaches will see you also."

Van Wolfswinkel claims that he is motivated by his £8 million price tag and insists that he is used to the pressure of playing as a lone striker from his time in Portugal.

"Of course it shows me that Norwich have a lot of confidence in me, so If anything I see it more as a motivation," he added of the hefty fee. "In Portugal we didn't even have a second striker, actually, so you need to perform because all of the pressure to score the goals is on you.

"I did great [at Sporting], so maybe I started to get used to it."