If there was any doubts in the minds of our Argentine players that playing for Newcastle would cost them their Argentine places that has been dispelled.
Fabricio Coloccini – recalled by Argentina
And a resurgent Newcastle side this season in the Championship, will also be an attraction to other players who Newcastle may try to recruit in the next week or so, before the end of the transfer window.
The central defender and left midfielder have been named in national coach Diego Maradona’s squad for next month’s crucial qualifiers home against Brazil (Sep 5 in Rosario) and away to Paraguay (Sep 9 in Asuncion).
Both have played regularly for Newcastle in their four Championship games so far, which has yielded the club a good 10 points, and has the team 2nd top of the league.
Newcastle had a comfortable 2-0 away win over Crystal Palace yesterday in the English Championship (second division), with two goals in the first half from Nolan and Taylor – bvoth laid on by Jonas Gutierrz as it turns out..
Gutierrez and Coloccini are among 19 European-based players in the squad and several more Argentina-based players will be added next weekend.
Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano and Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez complete an English League quartet.
For Coloccini it will be a welcome return for the 32 times capped player, who was last called up for Maradona’s winning managerial debut against Scotland last November. He did not play in that game.
But this has to be really good news for the Argentine players on Tyneside, although whether they will still be at the club at the end of the transfer window is anybody’s guess.
Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Juan Pablo Carrizo (Zaragoza), Mariano Andujar (Catania); Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Javier Zanetti (Inter), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Nicolas Pareja (Espanyol); Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Atletico de Madrid), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Jesus Datolo (Napoli); Leo Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Atletico de Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Diego Milito (Inter), Lisandro Lopez (Lyon).