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Newcastle Players In Action For Their Countries This Summer

9:57 am, Monday, May 21st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

Several Newcastle United players will be in action for their countries over the coming summer months.

Cheick Tiote - in action for the ivory Coast this summer

Yohan Cabaye and Hatem  Ben Arfa are expected to be in the final squad of 23 for France, to take part in the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine this summer.

And not surprisingly,  Tim Krul has been named as one of the goalkeepers in the massive provisional Dutch squad of 36, named by Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk earlier this month.

Tim is expected to make the final cut to 23, and may even get a game in the tournament – we hope so in any case.

And four additional Newcastle players have been called up to represent their countries over the next few weeks.

Strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are in the Senegal squad for their friendly against Egypt later this month, and they also have some World Cup qualifying games to play.

Senegal face Egypt in a friendly in Marrakesh on Thursday, 24th May, and on 2nd June in Group J they play Liberia at home in Dakar,  and then one week later play in Kampala against Uganda.

And Newcastle’s midfield enforcer Chieck Tiote has been called up by the Ivory Coast.

The Ivorians have a friendly on Saturday, 26th May, and the opposition is still to be named, and then they will have a couple of World Cup qualifiers.

The Elephants take on Tanzania in Group C on Saturday, 2nd June in Abidjan, and then the following week play Morocco in Marrakesh.

And Tamas Kadar, whose contract will expire at the end of June, is in the Hungary squad to play the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday, 1st June, followed by a game with Ireland in Budapest on Monday, 4th June.

We had high hopes of Kadar making it at Newcastle, but it’s not to be, and we wonder why.

My son Neil thinks it’s because he doesn’t train and apply himself, but maybe Alan Pardew thinks he’s just not good enough for Newcastle.

We may never know.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Euro 2012 · Hatem Ben Arfa · International News · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Tim Krul · Yohan Cabaye


26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gonz // May 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Yes, i’ll be keeping a close eye on France during these Euro’s. Debuchey, HBA, Cabaye and any other French players I’m sure we’ll be linked with.

  • 2 Beattie25 // May 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Kadar didn’t make it because he wasn’t ‘Hungary’ enough. Get it? Do you get it?

  • 3 gonz // May 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Oh dear!

  • 4 Beattie25 // May 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    The priblemwith Kadar is that he had to compete against great CB’s like Williamson, Perch and Danny Simpson. Not even Chellini would get a game.

  • 5 Beattie25 // May 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    So does anyone else share my belief that Debuchy will be announced before the Euros??

  • 6 Indian Magpie // May 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Beattie as much as i wanna, i doubt it. i hope u win though

  • 7 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    It must be tough living in Wor Willo’s shadow ;)

    Beattie…I have no belief. Just an empty hole which used to be full of optimism – oh how I love Mondays :)

  • 8 Rotonda heights // May 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM


    w can only hope

  • 9 WWYCD // May 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    That’s a horrible joke but sadly I did laugh haha

    As for Debuchy I would agree I am expecting him to sign (though I am hoping that Clyne signs up as well) I think the Man Utd link to him was agent talk.

  • 10 jayphoto // May 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    if we are to sign debuchy, it will be sooner rather than later! The lad is tipped to have a huge euro championships, if we don’t sign him before then reckon his price will be huge!

  • 11 jayphoto // May 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    on the last story, the reims player, actually think he’s been brought in to cover ben arfa! He looks like he create something, bit of a live wire, wouldn’t shock me to see him come on for ben arfa in games around the 70 min mark!

  • 12 Indian Magpie // May 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Was SAGNA ahead of Debauchery in Frech National team

  • 13 Beattie25 // May 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    That is why I believe Debuchy is a done deal.

    Pards says ‘trying to sign Cabayes mate’ would alert other clubs, Debuchy playing for France could mean he is worth 3 times as much by the end and us being shrewd in the Market makes me think that he wiil be announced in due course.

    In fact I don’t reckon he was playing yesterday because he was in the toon house hunting.

    When else would he get the chance? Lille were guaranteed 3rd, the Euros are in 2 weeks then straight into pre season tour. Again that is logical.

  • 14 Beattie25 // May 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM


    Yes he was but Debuchy has been playing a lot due to Sagnas injuries so he may well have displaced him even if he didn’t break his leg

  • 15 jayphoto // May 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    debuchy can also play really really well in the tiote position when needed! Hes a bit like a mega perch!

  • 16 WWYCD // May 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Aye Sagna is the French starting RB so Debuchy would be back up but now the Euros is his time to step up

  • 17 MagpiesFlyHigh // May 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Hope we do get Debuchy soonest. Cheer up a drab news week.

    A couple of guys made a good point about English r – e.g. Clyne – we should be developing English players not buying them as even unproven players are hopelessly overpriced.

  • 18 Indian Magpie // May 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I was just thinking if i was friends with cabaye, may be i cd get a deal too. but then i have never been to france

  • 19 lewytoon // May 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    both debuchy and clyne have been linked with man u, i think we’ll get one or the other, however….

    if we get both ill be over the moon :D

  • 20 Beattie25 // May 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Mega Perch.

    Now theirs an action figure I want for Christmas.

    Regarding young English players for
    Me we should be concentrating on leauge 1& 2.

    Championship players are equally as over inflated as the Premier Leauge but in those other divisions every so often there comes a real diamond (Joe Hart)!

    Pay 1 million and take risks rather than safe bets at 5 million.

  • 21 Beardo // May 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    With you all the way, Beattie.

  • 22 Ollieh51 // May 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Why sign both when we have Tav coming through too?

    Seems a bit much to me really?

  • 23 Ollieh51 // May 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    AND SanToon and Raylor can play there too?

  • 24 jayphoto // May 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    honestly surprised we’re not signing a left back and moving Santon to right back? Unless pardew feels like with Ben Arfa in the right side attacking position he needs someone more defensively sound>? Hoping we set up for 4-3-3 next season! Quite liked jonas in centre midfield in that system, got the work rate to be box to box!

  • 25 WWYCD // May 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    My argument would be that Debuchy would be PL/strongest team starter and Clyne would be cover and Cups/Europa rotation Tav on loan to a good Championship club

    Clyne is a good oppertunity and investment for a small fee. English with a big future ahead of him

  • 26 Beattie25 // May 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Got a sneaking suspicion that Peiters and Debuchy may sign.

    Beardo they claim that I an you and that you are me that we are the same being. But you are too beautiful to ever be considered my alter ego.

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