Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez were all on the bench in the first games of the International break.
Joan Edmundsson – played full game against Italy
Tim was on the bench in Holland’s 11-0 trouncing of Sam Marino, who are ranked 203rd of 203 football countries by FIFA, and Holland are ranked number one.
Maarten Stekelenburg was in goal for Holland, and the goalkeeper signed on at Roma from Ajax last month in a €6M deal.
It seems that Maarten may still be number one goalkeeper, but Tim Krul is next in line and could still force his way in front of the new Roma keeper.
The beaten World Cup finalists should qualify easily for next summer’s tournament, having won all their seven games in their group E, and are 6 points ahead of Sweden in second place.
We should also see Yohan Cabaye in next year’s European Championships, with France beating Albania 2-1 away, but Yohan did not get an outing in that game, and remained on the bench.
France should qualify from their group and they have 16 points from 7 games, and are currently 3 points clear of Bosnia Herzegovina.
Jonas Gutierrez, recalled to the Argentine squad, was on the bench for the full game, as Argentina beat Venezuela 1-0 in a friendly match in Calcutta.
And Faroe Islands International Joan Edmundsson, who is now 20 and doesn’t seem to get much of a chance at Newcastle, played the full game in his sides 1-0 defeat to Italy, at the Torsvollor Stadium in front of 6,000 fans.
And the Faroe Islands almost brought off a sensational result when they hit the woodwork twice in that game. Italy are ranked 7th in the FIFA rankings with the Faroe Islands are ranked in 111th place.
Italy top their group C with 19 points from their 7 games, and the the Faroe Islands remain bottom on 4 points. Edmundsson had a very decent game against Italy, and went close a couple of times in that game.
In the European U21 Championships Shane Ferguson played for the Northern Ireland under-21s side that lost 1-0 in Serbia but Tamas Kadar wasn’t even on the bench in Hungary’s 2-1 defeat by Ireland at the Showgrounds.