Some of Newcastle’s players were in action yesterday for the second game of the International break.
Davide Santon – captained Itakly’s U21 side against Hungary
Yohan Cabaye remained on the bench in France’s win 2-1 win at Albania last Friday night, but he played for the French last night against Romania, before being withdrawn after 75 minutes.
The game was played at the Stadionul Steaua in Bucharest and ended in a 0-0 draw in Group D, and France are now just one point ahead of Bosnia Herzegavina, who beat Belarus 1-0 at home last night.
It’s still touch and go whether the French can qualify.
Tim Krul wasn’t even on the bench for the Dutch in their 2-0 win at Finland, with Stekelenburg again in goal for the Dutch, and he still seems to be their number one. Michel Vorm of Swansea was the substitute goalkeeper last night.
Joan Símun Edmundsson played the two games for the Faroe Islands over the break and last night played in their 3-1 defeat at Serbia, and now has amassed 12 caps for his country.
Jonas Gutierrez was brought on after 68 minutes last night for Argentina in their 3-1 win Nigeria 3-1 in Dhakar, so that’s another cap picked up by Jonas – but when will Fabricio Coloccini be recalled?
Davide Santon was captain of the Italy U-21 side as they beat Hungary 3-1, and forgotten man Tamas Kadar got a start for the Hungarian side in that game, and played for 60 minutes before being replaced.
And young Shane Ferguson played in the Northern Ireland U-21 3-0 loss to Denmark, and Shane played the full game.
And as we reported yesterday, Dan Gosling managed to make his first start for the England U-21 side in their 4-1 win against Israel at Barnsley on Monday night.
We were pleased to see England beat Wales 1-0 last night, but it was touch and go towards the end with England trailing off in the last 20 minutes, and Welsh striker Robert Earnshaw somehow put the ball over the bar late in the game, from just six yards out with an open goal before him, it was a real sitter he missed to spare England’s blushes.
Ashley Young put England ahead in the first half with a well worked goal made by Liverpool’s Stewart Downing down the right wing.
And as far as we know all Newcastle’s players cane through unscathed last night, which is the most important thing.
Next up is QPR next Monday evening and a win would be just terrific.