Vuckic, Ferguson, Tiote, And Cabaye All Pick Up Caps

Newcastle 19 year-old Haris Vuckic came on for Slovenia after 61 minutes and looked good on his International debut in the 1-1 draw with Scotland, at the Bonifika stadium in Koper.

Haris Vuckic – picked up first full Slovenian cap

That gives the Slovenian his very first full cap after playing for the Slovenian Youth sides at various levels, and Shane Ferguson made his first ever start for Northern Ireland and his second cap,  in their 3-0 loss to Norway at Windsor Park in  Belfast.

Shane played for 69 minutes before being replaced.

Cheick Tiote travelled over 3,000 miles to play in a meaningless friendly for the Ivory Coast against Equatorial New Guinea in Abidjan, and he played the whole game in the 0-0 loss – a meaningless result too.

Yohan Cabaye started for France against Germany in Bremen, and played 62 minutes as his side had a good 2-1 with former Newcastle target Olivier Giroud and Florent Malouda hitting the goals, and Cacau scored for Germany in stoppage time.

And Tim Krul was an unused substitute for Holland as they beat England 3-2 at Wembley.

Two goals in two minutes in the second half from Arjen Robben and Klaus van Huntelaar  had put the Dutch 2-0 ahead,  but then Gary Cahill scored a nice goal and then in injury time Ashley Young equalized.

But it showed the frailty of the young England defense,  when the Dutch simply went up the other end and scored the winner, and it was another superb effort from former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben.

Newcastle fans had the chance to see left-back Erik Pieters of PSV Eindhoven in action for Holland, but he was given a tough time in the first half by both Adam Johnson and Daniel Sturridge, and he was withdrawn at half time, as he looked the weak link in the Holland back four.

And first choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was at fault for the Cahill goal when  he let the ball through under his body.

But hopefully the defeat will end any chance of Stuart Peace becoming the full time manager of England.

Stuart has never  been a successful club manager even, and letting the assistant take over when the manager leaves had tragic consequences for England when Steve McClaren succeeded Sven-Göran Eriksson.   Steve was never up to the job.

But we all knew that before he was appointed – but of course that didn’t stop the sometimes  clueless FA from going ahead with their choice.

It seems that Harry Redknapp deserves his chance of taking England into the European Championships, but what exactly the English FA are doing about appointing a successor right now, we have no idea.

And in the Youth Internationals on Tuesday night, Davide Santon played the first half  for Italy U21s, in their draw with France in Cannes in a friendly.

And last night promising Newcastle defender Paul Dummett picked up his third under-21 cap for Wales, coming on as a 61st minute substitute during their 4-0 European Under-21 Championships qualifier win over Andorra.

We hope everybody is fit after the games last night.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    international players in our team? but pundits still don’t rate us much lol

  • Klatoon

    Mar 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Apparently Fergie had a very good game,AP take note!

  • Toon in Nairobi

    Mar 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Out of topic but why not play perchy as 3rd striker ahead of Shola
    “A large part of the morning’s session focused around finishing practice, with Newcastle keen to make their presence felt in the final third of the pitch. And defender James Perch was the star of the show – banging them in from all angles, with both feet – and giving his teammates a striking lesson.”

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Klatoon, Fergie played well last night, he gave Norway some headache in the first half and the start of the second. Got around Norways right back Tom Høgli (who by the way took a piss on C Ronaldo when Norway played Portugal), and got some good crosses in! His corners were lethal aswell. Overall good show from Fergie!

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    @3 you’re joking right?
    on this note i still think obertan could be used as striker cover. for now. a bit of pace up front late on could hurt the opposition. plus do wonders for the boys confidence

  • Toon in Nairobi

    Mar 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    @5 maybe i am but i read the article from the Newcastle Website so why not??

  • Beattie25

    Mar 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    I must say I completely disagree with Colo-sus and his post on the previous thread.

    Newcastle’s current poor tactics and terrible football cannot be attributed to the mindset of fans, it is just bad football.

    To say that it is the way the watcher percieves the game is ridiculous, even a neutral without years of comparisons to draw upon can see that our football stinks.

    You say ”I believe alot of fans are still stuck in the ”Entertainers” mindframe, and cannot abide it if we are not going on attack after attack.”

    This is completely innaccurate. Of course many of us would like to see attractive attacking football but the argument isn’t that we want to see attack after attack. Any attack would do. Patient build up, quality passing, interchanges, switching play, triangles, 1 touch all these things and more are missing.Our current team are not and never will be the entertainers but we are hardly better than Bolton under Fat Sam at the moment.

    Next you say ”I would honeslty prefer us to win by small margins and have 60% + possesion in a game.”

    What a load of rubbish. I would like to win convincingly rather than be subjected to squeaky bum time every single game. We may have 60% possesion but it is what you do with it, and in my eyes the reason we have 50-60% of possesion in most games is due to the quick attacking football the opposition use against us meanng that more often than not the football is in the possesion of Krul and the back 4 before one of them hoofs it.

    We are obviously miles apart in our opinions but I watch the same games as you do and I cannot see what you see.

  • sparetheman

    Mar 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    @beattie25, is our style of play really that unbearable? We’re obviously not the best team in the world at playing it on the carpet, but we’re not exactly Stoke either. Time for some fans to recalibrate their expectations to be honest, we’ve played some good football on occasions.

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10


    If you read the most mate I actually say that IMO that the impatience in the stadium ”in part” could contribute to poor decision making by the players at times.

    The post was really a quaetion to see what people thought, not a statement of fact.

    We are miles away from the Allardyce method mate come on…

    I later went on to say that I think our tactics will improve but it will take a little time thats all.I do agree with what you said re interchanges etc,

    as i said i think you have mis read or not grasped the tone i was taking, i was merely stating a possible reason and leaving it to discussion.
    I will say that at time at the stadium there is an impatient atmosphere. I don thik this helps the players and can lead to nervousness or poor decision making, maybe wide of the mark, but was simply wondering what people thought pal.

    Keep you knickers on fella 😉


  • ballerfan2

    Mar 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Colo-sus – I completely agree with you. In fact I posted a similar opinion on another blog a couple of days ago. The very obvious impatience on the terraces can so easily transfer itself to the players creating nervousness on the pitch. To say that professionals should be able to handle that is simplifying things rather. To say that fans have the right, (and I’m not arguing that they don’t) to show disappointment also misses the point. We all appreciate how much confidence or lack of it will impact on performance. We have a team of talented YOUNG players who will definitely improve if they are encouraged to do so. Negativity and criticism chips away at confidence resulting in the kind of performance we have seen more recently. Just look back at the away performance at Stoke to understand what a team playing with confidence can achieve.
    As for Beattie – don’t concern yourself with his retorts. His mind is made up and nothing is about to change it …… sad.

    The best fans in the world giving vociferous support to those on the pitch I am sure will turn things around again. Are we the best fans in the world? Jury’s out.

  • Szarka

    Mar 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Tamas Kadar also played for Hungary vs Bulgaria as a left back . He played the hole match and made a decent performance. As I saw her playing, he hasnt got problems with hes attitude – compare to Nemeth. Made good work defending and helped in the attack, aldo that wasnt good enough. I think hes not better then Williamson, nor Santon, but definatelly better then Perch. Its a waiste Pardew didnt rated him. But its better for Kadar to leave because he needs matches, not only a place on the bench.

  • New kingdom United

    Mar 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Vuckic should be in when Cabayes off Guthrie for Tiote…. Vuckic deserves a chance.. don’t sign more than one attacking mid.Perch for cover Abeid should show his class.

  • Mark29Hungary

    Mar 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Yes, as Szarka told, Kadar played 90 min. and he was good. He looked fit, and made some important challenge.

    I think he should get a chance before leaving the club.


    Mar 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Pleased to see the players picking up International caps!

    So long as they don,t get injured doing so! And Tiote,s long range trip to Africa for a friendly is just F……. Stupid! Just before one of the most important games of the whole season!

    He did,t play particularly well against Wolves! If he is tired and not at his best against the Mackems then we know the reason why!

    As for Pearson,s managerial skills! He himself has already said that he is only doing the job on a tempory basis till someone else is found!

    Any criticism of Pearce in this artikle is not really fair as he has been managing the youth team now for a few years and making a reasonable job of it ! At least he tried to bring in a few new faces onto the scene which almost worked! Fighting back from 0-2 down in a friendly against the Dutch with an experimental team is not nothing! Even at home!

    Pieters was every bit as useless as i,ve always said he was! nothing changed in my opinion there! If it was,nt for Robben the Dutch would of been in trouble and a draw would of been a fairer result in my vieuw.

    On the Dutch T.V. were van Basten and Gullit with comments about a below than average English performance! Gullit is a complete t….s…! who must of watched a completely different game to me. Van Basten spoke more sense!
    To keep it short the Dutch think that they will wipe the floor with us in the Euro,s later this year! Let them think that if they will! But Robben was a real class act!

    It will be interesting to see if Redknapp takes the job on for the Euro,s this summer!

  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Mar 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Ferguson was my MOTM against Norway. He was in total control of the left flank against our solid RB Tom Høgli who neutralized C. Ronaldo in the WC Qual-game in Lisbon last year. Bad performance, but solid result for Norway. Enjoyed seeing Ferguson play so well although he’s only got two games for the Toon this year so far.


  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Geordie Bergen norway.
    Totally agree that fergie played well against drillos men.Norways team has lots of experience and he looked very composed.
    Definitely worth a try this lad,I a m of course from close by to where he was brought up so a bit biased but he’s a quality lad


    Mar 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Based on International Performances from some of our players!

    Would it be right to assume that Pardew has his favourites when it comes to the first team!

    Vukic on Loan! Kadar totally ou the Picture and Ferguson too!
    If these lads can peform well for their country then why are,nt they given a chance with us?


    Mar 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #19

    out the picture! i meant!

  • Szarka

    Mar 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #20

    As I think, Pardew rates experience better then talent. Just think about it, when we have Santon, Kadar and Ferguson to play LB, he put Raylor there, a right footed player. After 4 moths he put Santon in, in a need, and after the lad played so well, he just couldnt put him out.
    Mostly my problem was, that if he didnt needed Kadar or Ferguson or any youngster, he should have send them loan for the hole season, yet he left them in the reserves, or give them 1 month loan.


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