The Internationals will be in full motion this week, and there was some that took place last Saturday, so let’s hope we don’t have any more Newcastle players return injured to St. James’ Park, like Damien Duff did late last week.
Jonas Gutiierrez – played 90 minutes in Argentina 4-0 win over Venezuela
And it seems like it was a rather a mixed weekend of results for Newcastle players representing their countries.
Jonas Gutierrez again played the full match for Argentina in their good 4-0 win over Venezuela in Buenos Aries, and that victory took Argentina to second in the South American World Cup qualifying section. Next up is a trip to Bolivia on Tuesday. Fabricio Colocinni failed to make the squad this time around.
Geremi was in action for Cameroon, but they were beaten 1-0 by Togo and Oba Martins was again back in the Nigeria team, and played the full 90 minutes, but they were held to a 0-0 draw in Mozambique. That’s it for both Martins and Geremi, so they will both come back safe and well to Newcastle and prepare for the vital game at home to Chelsea this Saturday.
16 year-old midfielder Haris Vuckic played for the Slovenia Under-17 team, but they were eliminated from the European Championship finals, following successive 2-0 defeats to Poland and Greece in the Elite Qualifying Round. Slovenia are due to meet Switzerland this Tuesday.
Here’s a round-up of how the Newcastle players have fared during the international break – taken off the Newcastle United official web-site.
Wed 25 Mar: England U19 0 Czech Republic 0 FR (Walsall) – came on in second half for his debut, and hit the post with 5 minutes remaining
Thu 26 Mar: Slovenia U17 0 Poland U17 2 ECQ (Xanthi) – played the full 90 minutes
Sat 28 Mar Greece U17 2 v Slovenia U17 0 ECQ (Xanthi) – ?
Tue 31 Mar Slovenia U17 v Switzerland U17 ECQ (Xanthi)
Damien Duff – Withdrawn from squad due to injury
Sat 28 Mar: Ireland 1 Bulgaria 1 WCQ (Dublin)
Wed 1st April: Italy v Ireland WCQ (Bari)
Sat 28 Mar: Togo 1 Cameroon 0 WCQ (Accra – neutral venue) – played the full 90 minutes
Sat 28 Mar Argentina 4 Venezuela 0 WCQ (Buenos Aries) – played the full 90 minutes
Tue 31 Mar Bolivia v Argentina WCQ (La Paz)
Sat 28 Mar Mozambique 0 Nigeria 0 WCQ (Maputo) – played the full 90 minutes
Tue 31 Mar England U20 v Italy U20 FR (Loftus Road)