Charles N’Zogbia’s great early season form for Newcastle United has at last been rewarded with a call-up for the French U21s squad.
Charles has been named in the squad for the upcoming qualifiers for the 2009 European U21 Championships, against Wales in Grenoble on Friday and away to Malta in Valetta a week on Wednesday.
Certainly his inclusion will come as no surprise to Newcastle fans, who have seen Charles in dazzling form so far this season.
Charles N’Zogbia – fabulous performances for Newcastle from the young Frenchman
The honor is good reward for a sparkling start to the season by N’Zogbia, who as we know finished last season very much in the dumps under former manager Glenn Roeder.
But showing some good character and personal help from the Newcastle captain Geremi, Charles has played some of his best football ever at Newcastle this season. He has already scored 2 goals for Newcastle â€“ from the left back position â€“ and scored Newcastle’s first competitive goal under Sam Allardyce, when he opened the scoring in the 3-1 win at Bolton.
His goal against Middlesbrough was a tremendous effort and no doubt that must have got in front of the French Under-21 selectors. It will be interesting to see where he plays for the French team (we expect him to get his first cap because of the great form he is in) since he is comfortable at left-back, left-wing or center-midfield.
It’s just great that Charles is getting the recognition he deserves and we’re sure his escapades for France in the next couple of weeks will be closely followed by the Newcastle faithful. It just so happens that Charles’ appearance for Newcastle against Wigan on Saturday was his 100th ever for Newcastle. We hope there’ll be many more appearances for the black and whites from the rejuvenated Frenchman.
Well done Charles. Comments very welcome.