Fabricio Coloccini was not included in the Argentine squad that defeated Germany 1-0 in Munich last Wednesday evening.
Coloccini – still hopes to make Argentina squad
So there’s now some doubt whether Newcastle’s center-back will be in Diego Maradona’s squad for the World Cup in South Africa this summer.
It seems certain that Newcastle’s other Argentine – Jonas Gutierrez – will be in the squad – as Jonas played the whole game on Wednesday evening.
And of course Fabricio really wants to go to South Africa, and that was made clear today as he told the Newcastle Journal:
“It is my dream to play in the World Cup.” “I have not heard from Diego Maradona recently, but I played against Spain earlier this season and he said he was happy with me and I had done very well.”
“I hope I can still make the squad, but I don’t know. It is impossible to predict what the manager is going to do.”
“He played Walter Samuel against Chile and that was the first time he has played in two or three years. In the last game against Spain I played at right-back.”
“I don’t know what is going to happen, but I really hope I can make the squad.” “Nobody knows what the squad will be.”
“Only the manager knows who he is going to choose.” “It has been a difficult time for Argentinian football, but hopefully the worst is over.”
“We have qualified, which is the most important thing.”
Maybe the first time we became aware of Fabricio was when he was playing for Argentina in Germany in the last World Cup, and he looked so composed when playing during that tournament, and we thought — hey – he would be good for Newcastle.
It’s a little surprising that he was not included last week for the game in Germany, as Argentine manager Maradona must have heard how well he has been playing for the Newcastle United side this season – even though it’s been in England’s second tier.
And Newcastle team mate Gutierrez has come out today and told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:
“Colo is in fine form and is starting to show his quality in England in the Championship.”“His aim is to do it again next season in the Premier League as well.”
“He likes the Premier League and loves playing for Newcastle too.” “I am not surprised by his form and sharpness, he has looked unplayable at times this season.”
“I think he is hungry to get Newcastle back to the top league, which is why he came here to start with last season.”
And since it looks like I will be running a World Cup blog for the Daily Telegraph on Argentina this summer, it would be great to have both our Argentine players in the squad.
Here’s hoping, because there’s little doubt Fabricio deserves to be in the squad.