Lovenkrands And Vuckic Not Going To World Cup

When the provisional squads were issued by the World Cup countries last week, only Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini were named from the  Newcastle United club.

Jonas Gutieerez – may be only Newcastle player at World Cup

There was news that perhaps Peter Lovenkrands, who hit 16 goals for Newcastle last season, and 14 of those this year, would be included in the Denmark squad – but he wasn’t.

And there was also news coming out of Slovenia that Newcastle’s  17 year-old top-rated youngster Haris Vuckic had a decent chance to make the Slovenian squad, and be given some international experience – but that was not to be either.

And with Fabricio Coloccini still a doubt to make the cut to 23 players for Argentina, it could be that Newcastle have but one player on display in South Africa this summer at the World Cup – Jonas Gutierrez.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    May 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    go spiderman. still hope vuckic be part of the 23 man squad but who cares, he be fully fit for next season

  • boater

    May 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Shame in a way – especially with england but Championship clubs aren’t taken seriously.

    guthrie, carroll, S taylor, are sure to get call ups after the WC. Simpson, routledge, williamson all being possibilities at some point n’all.

  • Craigg

    May 16, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3


    I agree, i heard Paul Merson a week or two back saying how Guthrie hasnt got the talent to be a premier league player.

    Another example of the expertise of Stellings little group of knob jockeys not paying the slightest bit of attention to the football league yet they still feel they have the god given right to make judgements on players after watching one game, Then later in the show says how much he rates Carl Henry!

    Guthrie has a great range of passing, Fantastic shooting ability and his set pieces are top notch and if and when he plays wide his crossing ability puts Fabios young midfield players Milner, SWP, Lennon and Walcott to shame and as Capello in the past has call up guys like Jenas and Bullard, Guthrie must have a shout after the world cup.

    Carroll is IMO better than some of what is in the world Cup squad as long as ive got a hole in my arse i wont rate Heskey as an international class player and considering Zamora as he has one decent season when he approaches 30 is a joke what about the ten years of crap??

    It sums up the lack of talent and why Carroll should have been under consideration.

    I also think Steven Taylor can get in the squad through his versatility as we lack options at RB and Terry, Carragher, Ferdinand and King are all either 30 plus, Past their best or injury prone and Glen Johnson cant defend.

    Willamson and Routledge have been incredible, But i dont rate Simpson much and wonder what he gives us that Ryan Taylor doesnt.

  • Johann

    May 16, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Why is there no article about Steve Harper not going to the World Cup. How is that even possible? If you look around Green´s terrible, full of mistakes. James can make a mistake here and there as well. Hart´s been very good so probably deserves no.1 Steve Harper must be the second best keeper at least! With James taking up the 3 spot. But still Nottingham Forest keeper was chosen the keeper of the season, which is completely ridicilous. Harper´s been keeping the defense together all season long

  • boater

    May 16, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Craigg – All true. I would just add that simpson – whilst having his failings, has the raw elements to develop into a strong premiership player. He has the technique and pace and and I’m sure that under CH we now have the set-up to assist player’s improvement, especially with regard to decision making and concentration. Which for us is a novelty.

    I honestly think our best asset now is the atmosphere in the dressing room. The idea of developing players has been an anathema in the past at nufc, where we were also eager in the past to buy the established, gift wrapped variety.

    If the early signs are anything to go by, CH is creating an environment in which players will realise their talents in time, all very exciting!

    Ashley using this as an excuse to not put his hand in his pocket and invest 5-10mil to bring in 3-4 much needed players this summer is disappointing- as well as looking like a false economy.

  • baro

    May 16, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #6

    I would of liked to see Haris Vuckic play in World Cup 2010, but guess not. The thing about Lovendrands is that he wastes too many chances. But than did have about 15 goals this year.

  • Abhik

    May 16, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Steve Harper deserved a chance after this fantastic season. He should be made 2nd choice after Joe Hart.

  • Chris F

    May 16, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #8

    if harper continues to play well next season, i think he might get a call up, but you’d never see a keeper called up from the 2nd tier in this day and age, it just won’t happen.

    i think carroll has a chance of making a squad next season, if he’s playing well, as stuart pearce seems to rate him highly.

    let’s face it though, did anyone seriously expect any of our players (except jonas) to be getting a call up?

    i know i didn’t, that’s for sure. I’m not convinced Colo will make the final 23 either.

  • Haddock

    May 17, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #9

    As a Dane I can say that Løvenkrands is certainly good enough to get included in the Danish WC-squad. The thing is that he turned it down because of personal problems (due to his father’s death). If that wasn’t the case, I’m certain he would have been called up. It’s really a pity that he isn’t going!

  • Ericles

    May 17, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Well said Craigg. I much prefer your term knob jockey’s to my “plastic pundits” of that manic diarrhoea man Geoff Stelling. That crew on Sky do not have the faintest idea whether they pee to the right or the left. They are so far into Premier celebrity worship they will never give credit where credit is due. Howay the lads – we have the team that can make 8th or better I reckon.


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