Newcastle stars Coloccini and Gutierrez have admitted they already have an eye on next summer’s Copa America, which is being held in their home country of Argentina.
Fabricio Coloccini – in action for Newcastle
Both players recently missed out on the Argentine squad for a friendly in Japan.
Jonas Gutierrez made the Argentine World Cup squad for South Africa last summer, but unfortunately Coloccini missed out, although he has been playing very well for Newcastle for the last year.
Coloccini told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Every game in Argentina is beamed back in the Premier League and my country watch a lot of English football, so Sunday will be very interesting.”
“My main priority is to play as well as I can for Newcastle and if I am doing that then I know it will be important towards getting selected for the national team.”
“That is my dream to play for Argentina at the Copa America.” “It will be difficult and it’s a long way away. But I know that I must have a good season with Newcastle.” “In every game, not just Sunday, we have to make it difficult for teams and get big results.”
Along with Uruguay, Argentine have won the Copa America (full name – Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América) 14 times, and Brazil are the current holders having won the Cup 8 times.
Gutierrez will be wanting to force his way back into Newcastle’s line up for the game at Eastlands on Sunday, and his best chance may be to force Chris Hughton to play Ben Arfa on the right wing, although his best position is on the other side.
We’re sure training will be quite intense this week as several Newcastle players will be hoping to get into the starting eleven.
“I know what my position is with Newcastle and what my role is. My aim is to improve, make goals and score goals.” “And in every game I have to make sure I achieve that.”
“There are many quality players in the Argentina line-up, including Tevez.” “If I want to be in the national team, playing good football in the Premier League is vital.”
“I’m thinking of that and of doing well for Newcastle.” “The Copa America is very important for us next summer and I hope to be there.”
“Argentina needs a tournament, and the cup is very important for the continent.” “We need to win it, and it’s very good to have it in Argentina.”
The two Argentines have been massive players for Newcastle United over the last 14 months or so, and we’ve been particularly impressed with the professional way in which Gutierrez has responded, after being dropped for the game at Everton 10 days ago.
He had an excellent game at Chelsea last Wednesday, and also looked lively when brought on for Ben Arfa on Sunday, in our disappointing loss to Stoke City.