There are a number of Newcastle players named in International squads for the upcoming friendly games in August, and there are a couple of surprises- Fab Coloccini has finally been called up again by Argentina, and Ben Arfa has been named in Didier Deschamps’ first French squad.
Fabricio Coloccini – Argentine call up
The news on Ben Arfa is good for him, after Deschmaps and the mercurial Newcastle winger had problems with each other at Marseilles, but it reflects well on the new French manager that he is willing to give Ben Arfa a chance to stake his claim for a regular place in the French side.
And we expect Alan Pardew to talk to the youngster, after he had problems with former French manager Laurent Blanc at Euro 2012, but that was all probably blown out of proportion.
Fabricio has rightly been called up for Argentina’s friendly against Germany on Wednesday, 15th August, and that’s well deserved after he was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the 2011/2012 season, and was simply outstanding for Newcastle last season, and maybe he should be captain of Argentina too?
It’s a pity his pal Jonas Gutierrez hasn’t been called up for Argentina, since Jonas has been playing very well for Newcastle too.
Here are the Newcastle players who have been called up for International duty this month:
Fabricio Coloccini (Argentina)
Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Germanay (a) (Frankfurt), friendly
Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa (France)
Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Uruguay (h) (Le Harve), friendly
Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba (Senegal)
Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Burkino Faso, friendly
Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Russia (a) (Moscow), friendly
Haris Vuckic (Slovenia U21)
Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Ukraine (a) (Kiev), European Championships qualifier
Lubomir Satka (Slovakia U18)
Sunday, 19th – Saturday, 25th August, 2012 – Jezkov Memorial Tournament (Ostrava, Czech Republic)
Satka is a highly rated Academy defender at Newcastle, and somebody that Haris can talk to, and it’s still surprising to us that Brazil haven’t called up Perchinho .
We are pleased for the players that they have been called up to play for their countries, but of course, from a selfish Newcastle viewpoint, they could be injured in these games, and it’s also tiring for them to travel to the games.
But from the players” viewpoint, it’s always an honor to represent your country.