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.