It’s always nice when Newcastle players are called up for their countries, but it’s also a worrying time, because they could get injured and sometimes there is an awful amount of traveling to do for a single game, especially for South Americans or Australians.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle United captain
But it was still great that Newcastle captain has again been called up for Argentina, after having been omitted from Diego Maradona’s squad for the World Cup in South Africa, and not having had many call ups at all since that time.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is rightly delighted that one of his very best players has again been recognized by his country, and Alan had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“We all know at Newcastle how good he is and he should never have been out of the Argentinian squad.” “They’ve got a new manager and probably that’s something to do with it.”
“It’s difficult for us because he’s going to have to do a lot more travelling but on a personal level I’m absolutely delighted for him.”
The new Argentina coach is Alejandro Sabella and Fabricio is back in the squad for the friendly against Germany in Frankfurt on Wednesday, 15th August, but it really is daft to have friendly Internationals just three days before the Premier League kicks off – where’s the sense in that?
And the last time Coloccini represented Argentina was the inaugural game at the Aviva Stadium against Ireland back on Thursday, August 12th, almost two years ago, when Coloccini came on as a sub for Walter Samuel after about 80 minutes, and Argentina won that game 1-0.
We hope that Colo can rekindle his International career, because he’s certainly good enough, but first things first, and we just hope he returns on Thursday, 15th August all ready to lead out Newcastle against Tottenham at St. James’ Park. to kick off the new season.