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.