Loaned out Nottingham Forest striker Lars Veldwijk confirms he wants to play international football for South Africa

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The Dutch-born star has been in great form for PEC Zwolle this season.

Loaned out Nottingham Forest striker Lars Veldwijk has been making his international aspirations clear this week - as he confirmed to Soccer Laduma his ambition to play for South Africa.

Veldwijk was born in Uithoorn in the Netherlands but has never represented Holland at international level at any level.

However his father was born in South Africa and he has a South African passport.

He told Soccer Laduma about his Bafana Bafana hopes:

"Yes, first of all I would like to say that it maybe sounds a little bit weird that I want to play for Bafana Bafana because I’ve never visited South Africa, but I love football and I think Bafana Bafana has a great history.

“I know Benni McCarthy. I have watched a lot of football, especially the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and it was so great.

“I think the Netherlands standard is a little bit high for me but I think the South African level would be good for me... I don’t know."

Veldwijk has not enjoyed his time at Forest. He scored no goals in 14 appearances for the club last season, despite scoring for fun at previous club Excelsior Rotterdam.

But he has been in fantastic form since leaving Forest on loan to Dutch club PEC Zwolle.

He has scored 12 goals in 25 appearances for the club this season and is the fourth-highest Dutch scorer in the Eredivisie this term.

But considering the competition for places on the international scene for the Netherlands he is unlikely to earn himself a Dutch call-up in the future and South Africa would be getting a great player to help them in their international fixtures.

So if Veldwijk does return to Forest in the summer, he might do so as a South African, rather than a Dutchman.

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