Davide Santon led the Italian U21 side to a fine 2-0 win over group leaders Turkey last night.
Davide Santon – in action for Italian U21 side
The game took place in the Centro d’Italia Stadium in Rieti, and it was the third win in as many games for the Italians and ended Turkey’s four game winning streak in the group.
Goals from Riccardo Saponara just before half time and from Mattia Destro six minutes into the second half, were enough to give Italy victory and they are now 3 points behind Turkey with two games in hand.
Davide played the full game, and has now played two full games over this International break, so he is rapidly getting back to full fitness, following the knee scare he a few weeks ago.
The draining of his knee by a London surgeon seems to have done the trick, and Davide is ready to play in the Newcastle first team.
The 20 year-old is still to make his debut for Newcastle, and that may not happen on Sunday against Tottenham, but it’s almost certain he will get a start in Round 4 of the Carling Cup at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, October 26th, which is two weeks tonight.
Tim Krul was on the bench again for Holland last night, as Swansea keeper Michel Vorm was was preferred in goal, but Holland lost their 100% record when Sweden won the game 3-2 at home.
And it looks at the moment that Tim is currently Holland’s number three goalkeeper behind Maarten Stekelenburg of Roma and Vorm, but that’s likely to change before the end of the season.
Holland dominated possession and were 2-1 up early in the second half, but Sweden scored twice to win the game and advance to the finals next summer.
They ended up as the best runners up in all the nine qualifying groups with 24 points from their 10 games, and Holland won the group with 27 points from their 10 matches.
From what we can tell, no Newcastle player is coming back from the International break injured, so that’s good news.