News in the Express that new Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is hoping the Newcastle captaincy will assist him in regaining his place in the Argentina squad.
Fabricio Coloccini - eyeing Argentine return
Coloccini was unlucky to be omitted from the Argentine squad for last summer’s World Cup but it looked like the Argentines could have done with Fabricio in central defense as that area was one of the weaknesses of the South Americans last summer.
And Argentina did not do too much better in the Copa America recently, and were eliminated in the quarter-finals on penalties by Uruguay (5-4 – Carlos Tevez missed his penalty) after a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes and after extra time.
The World Cup semi=finalists will now play Paraguay in the final.
The 29 year-old currently has 34 full caps with one goal but has not played for Argentina for two years now.
Coloccini told the Express:
“One of my goals for this season is to get back into the Argentine national squad. I will be trying everything I can to do that.”
“I train hard every day to improve my game and hopefully the people back home in Argentina will see that.”
“The national team are always on my mind. Playing for them is the best thing you can achieve. ”
There’s a lot of traveling involved when you play for a South American side, so we’re sure Newcastle would rather the Argentine concentrate fully on his new expanded Newcastle duties.
But of course it’s hard to criticize somebody who simply wants to represent their country, and from what we can tell, he’s still one of the best Argentine center-backs around.