12 Newcastle Players On International Duty – No Injuries!

A lot of our boys were in action for their countries last night and we haven’t heard of any injuries being sustained. Fingers crossed.


Damien Duff – picked up his 67th cap for Ireland in 1-0 defeat to Brazil

Michael Owen of course was an unused sub as Fabio Capello’s new England got off to a winning start at Wembley with a 2-1 win over Switzerland. The team showed some nice flowing football in the second half and created lots of chances, but couldn’t get more than the two goals from former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas and Wright-Phillips. It turns out that Owen and 19 year-old Australian James Troisi were the only ones of the 12 who didn’t actually play last night.

Emre started for Turkey and they were held to a 0-0 draw with Sweden in a friendly in Istanbul.

We were pleased to see Damien Duff back playing for Ireland again last night, along with Shay Given, but the Irishmen were beaten 1-0 by Brazil in Dublin. Both our players played the full game and Duff now has 67 caps and Shay has 86.

Our Adelaide born 19 year midfielder Troisi was in Melbourne but didn’t make the final 18 in Australia’s 3-0 victory over Qatar in Melbourne. We hope to see James get a run out as a sub and even make a senior appearance before the end of the season. He’s a Keegan type player, has skill and is a natural attacking player.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, Milner and Taylor played in the England Under-21 3-0 win over Ireland and Milner has now been given credit for the first goal, so he scored two good goals in that game and was England’s best player on the night.  Enrique and N’Zogbia both played the full game in Spain’s Under-21  2-0 win over France on Tuesday night.

Also Ryan Donaldson was brought on in the 70th minute in England’s Under-17 draw with Portugal and Andy Carroll came on at half time in England Under-19’s 2-0 win against Croatia. Both are local boys of course, with Ryan a Newcastle lad, and Andy being born and raised in Gateshead.

Finally Geremi’s Cameroon play tonight in the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations, against host nation Ghana. We wish Geremi the best of luck.

Thu 07.02.08: Cameroon v Ghana (Ghana) ACN SF

Jose Enrique
Tue 05.02.08 Spain U21 2 France U21 0 (Benidorm) FR – started match

Charles N’Zogbia
Tue 05.02.08 Spain U21 2 France U21 0 (Benidorm) FR – started match

Ryan Donaldson
Tue 05.02.08: England U17 0 Portugal 0 (Portugal) FR – came on in 70th minute

Andy Carroll
Tue 05.02.08: England U19 2 Croatia 0 (Swindon) FR – came on at half-time

James Milner, Steven Taylor
Tue 05.02.08: England U21 3 Ireland 0 (Southampton) ECQ – both played full match with Milner on target twice

Wed 06.02.08: Turkey 0 Sweden 0 (Istanbul) FR – started match

James Troisi
Wed 06.02.08: Australia 3 Qatar 0 (Melbourne) WCQ – not involved

Michael Owen
Wed 06.02.08: England 2 Switzerland 1 (Wembley) FR – not involved

Shay Given, Damien Duff
Wed 06.02.08: Republic of Ireland 0 Brazil 1 (Dublin) FR – both played full match

That’s it – comments very welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Msia_MagPies

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Im da 1st..im new here..im nufc fan

  • hanzemre

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    great! that’s to build on.

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Im surprised owen didnt fall off the bench and injure himself.

  • Edd Case

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Hate to say this people but Owen not playing last night will for me at least, spell the end of him at Newcastle.

    Owen is bound to blame Newcastle’s poor season(s) on his snub by Capello and ask for a move in the summer.

    Well, if I can come up with this, you can be sure the media will have already thought of this – so expect to see this all over the papers and net.

    To be frank though, would it be such a bad thing? Especially if we could get around 10 million for him……

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    owen out=huntelaar,ashton,berbatov.

  • Davies

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Edd Case – I’m not sure money’s such a big worry for Newcastle at the moment. Last night’s “snub” may be the incentive for Owen to start working hard for those goals. He may not have had the best service to date, but he netted 3 times against middlesborough. One of those was quite correctly disallowed, but the other we all know was a goal.

    Maybe now, under this manager, Owen can finally get on with it. He is starting to look sharper. We really wouldn’t want to sell him just as he finally gets his form back….unless he gets injured again, in which case, bye bye Owen. For Newcastle and England.

  • Graeme

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I certainly wouldn’t be sad to see MO depart for pastures new. I dont think his heart is really in Tyneside at all. His best days are behind him if we are brutally honest.

    If we can get £10 mill (doubtful) it would be a good start to getting in a “proper” No9 to replace mary poppins. That will give Oba a lot more room to play off him and should bring a lot more goals for him.

    Having 2 players up front, both scoring regularly for the toon, is how its always worked in the past and always worked well.

  • Fist Fandango

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Owen would be good riddance, 8m and I’d send him packing. Bring in a lively african powerhouse striker instead, those are much more fun to watch than that scared welsh lad.

    Duffer is back, and thats great news for all of us! He’s a entertainer, can’t wait to see him tear the Villa-defence to shreads.

  • Kash2

    Feb 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    @ Edd Case – I think it will have the opposite effect. Capello picked a very dynamic front line. All 3 players can play anywhere really and can create chances for others. Owen relies upon service, we all know that, maybe last night was a wake up that he needs to add another dimension to his game?!

    But I do believe that he will leave and I hope we sign Ashton from WHU. Ashton is a very good footballer, and very intelligent. Alot like Sheringham was!

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    I was just curious,Did we have any scouts over at the african nations?Hope so cuz chelsea snapping up that lad off ghana annan.

  • Leo*

    Feb 7, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #11

    on a side note, haha, has anyone tried the new lynx deodrant? its the one that in the advert there is a chocolate man… being eaten by the girls. that has to be my fav ad bar the one ages ago for sugarpuffs by the sugarpuff man and ronaldo in the airport lounge haha

  • Gordon

    Feb 7, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Darn right Ed: GOOD LUCK to Geremi – hope you make it to the final fella and then forget to come back!


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