How Newcastle Players Fared In International Competition

Demba Ba and Tamas Kadar both gained an additional cap yesterday in games their countries won.

Tamas Kadar – gained second full cap for Hungary

And some other good news is that Yohan Cabaye was an unused substitute in France’s 1-0 win over the USA.  So Yohan must have been fit enough to have possibly come on and he could even play in France’s next friendly game against Belgium.

But the main thing is he has every chance to be fit to play for Newcastle at Manchester City next Saturday.  Demba Ba gained his 11th cap as Senegal beat Guinea 4-1, and Ba played the whole game.

Tamas Kadar is reappearing on the International scene,  and won his second full cap for Hungary, and played the full game as Hungary beat Liechtenstein 5-0.

But we still don’t know if Tamas has a future at Newcastle, since his contract runs out next June, and there seems little likelihood that Newcastle will offer him a new contract, but we’ll see.

Tim Krul was on the bench as an unused substitute for Holland, along with Swansea goalkeeper Michel  Vorm,  in their 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

Back in goal for Holland was number one Maarten Stekelenburg, having finally recovered from injury, and he managed to keep a clean sheet on his return to the Dutch National side.

Joan Edmundsson played the 90 minutes for the Faroe Islands’ under-21 side that lost 1-0 in Macedonia, in a European Under-21 Championships qualifying match.

And of course Sammy Ameobi played very well for 79 minutes in his first cap for the England U21 side on Thursday night, as England walloped Iceland 5-0 in a qualification game for the same tournament.

We now expect Sammy to also be involved next Monday evening,  when the England Under 21s travel to Belgium for their next qualifying game. England have now won all 4 games in their Group 8, with 16 goals scored and only one conceded.

19 year-old Haris Vuckic started for Slovenia Under 21s as they won 2-0 against Lithuania to move to their top of Group 2, and Haris played 89 minutes before being replaced just before the end of the game.

Left-back Davide Santon was only an unused substitute as Italy Under 21s won 2-0 in Turkey, and have won all their four games and top group 7, having just achieved the double over second placed  Turkey.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • toonfan76

    Nov 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Good news about Yohan in particular, Cabaye and Tiote in the centre for the Man City match is vital for our chances of getting any kind of result against them.

  • Jarra

    Nov 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Toonfan, yes agree to have those two back fit and tuned into this match, I’m just wondering if it would be worth having Guthrie in the mix with them. Put Jonas and maybe Mav on the wings and have maybe Ba or Shola up front alone. Certainly food for thought, they have the pace to support the loan man up front and certainly all have good engines to keep the excellent work rate going.
    One thing for sure can not wait for the next match, lovong it and totally ignoring the off the field talk with sponsorship.

  • LewSpi

    Nov 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Reading the comments on the last article and some people need to look at the sponsor situation realistically, the club needs a sponsor, there is no way it can’t have one. Also, the stadium name is not going to be renamed St. James’ Park, as much as anyone wants it to be, if I have learned anything about Mike Ashley, particularly recently, its that it tends to be his way and his way only.

    So, we have established that we need a shirt sponsor and that ‘we are looking for a sponsor for the stadium’. What respectable, successful business is going to see it as a viable interest to their company to invest, what 25-40 million, into a football team that is in uproar?

    The only way to get rid of ‘ The Sports Direct Arena’ and to prevent Sports Direct being plastered all over the shirt, which is what will happen if there isn’t a sponsor found by new year, is to forget about it, get behind the team and focus on the football.

    It pains me to say it, but like I said think about it rationally, I hate Sports Direct as much as the next guy, I think it’s incredibly tacky and certainly not something I want to see ruining our Black and White stripes, but the only way to prevent this from happening is to ignore it, no petitions, no chants at the game, just focus on the team.

    To be honest its a shame the limelight has been taken away from the team, we’re unbeaten you know?


    Nov 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Whats in a name?

    @3: totally agree with you! At the end of the day Cashley is the owner and does what he wants!
    Hope the strip is,nt emblazoned with Sports Direct! But the way its going, this would,nt surprise me!


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