Dutch dream for de Guzman
19th January 2013
Jonathan de Guzman hopes bagging a brace in the Swans' 3-1 win over Stoke will earn him international recognition.
The midfielder netted twice in front of watching Holland assistant manager Danny Blind, who was also keeping an eye on Michel Vorm ahead of selection for next month's friendly with Italy.
Canadian-born de Guzman has already won four Dutch Under-21s caps, and the 25-year-old - who now has six goals in 28 appearances - has ambitions of going one step further and turning out for the senior team.
And his performance against Stoke will have caught the eye of Blind, with de Guzman curling home a 20-yard free-kick to put the Swans 2-0 ahead before he finished off a fine team move also involving Wayne Routledge and Danny Graham.
"Obviously we have a few Dutch players here, and it was great knowing he (Blind) was here," said de Guzman, currently on loan from Villarreal.
"I'm just trying my best to contribute to the team here and hopefully things will go my way.
"It would be a huge achievement for me to be called up - it would be confirmation I'm doing well.
"I'm happy here, I'm doing pretty good, and it's not just that because the team is doing well. And when the team is doing well, everyone here is happy."
Of his goals, he remarked: "I practice free-kicks a lot - I have since my academy days at Feyenoord.
"It is one of my specialities you could say, and I really enjoyed that one.
"The second goal was a great ball from Wayne to Danny, and then Danny knew where I was coming from.
"My connection with Danny is very good, and his pass was unbelievable so I had to finish it off."