Newcastle Defender Wants To Revive International Career


Newcastle left full-back Davide Santon has been playing very well for the club this season, and he has obviously improved a lot since last season, his first in England, and it seems he is now getting used to the fast pace of English football, and the lad’s looking a very good player in the black and white striped shirt.

Davide Santon – playing well now for Newcastle

Of course Davide was well thought of when he arrived on the banks of the River Tyne a year last summer, for £5M from Inter-Milan,  having already been capped 7 times by Italy, and compared with the Milan great – Paolo Maldini –  by his former manager at Inter-Milan – Jose Mourinho.

Maldini was one of the great defenders of all time playing 902 times for AC Milan and 126 times for Italy.

Davide is playing well at the moment, and he will be hoping that his performances at Newcastle will get him a recall to the full Italian side.

Davide had this to say today in Extra Time today:

“I never lost hope of being selected for Italy, not even in the most difficult moments” “It seemed like utopia a year ago, but now it is not impossible. I’ll just say one thing to the Coach – don’t forget about me! I’m here too.”

The 21 year-old stands 6’2″ tall and has played 17 times for the Italy U21 side, but he has not been selected for any Italian squad since he arrived at Newcastle, and was last in the squad for a friendly game in the Ukraine in March of last year, just months before he joined the Magpies.

Davide will be hoping he can keep impressing in the Newcastle shirt, and may be part of the Italian squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifying games, with the finals being held in Brazil.

For the record, Davide has now made 34 appearances for Newcastle United.

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30 comments so far

  • Constanstine

    Oct 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope he’s being overlooked because he’s playing outside of Italy.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s got to be good enough to at least make the squad surely?

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  • jeff

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    reading inside the lines he wants a move back to italy

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Keep your head down Santon. Recognition will come and you’re still young. Plenty of time.The real question here is, when he is selected for Italy, will he play left or right?

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  • Graeme

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    He is probably the best defender we have on the pitch at the moment – the last thing we need is him being picked for Italy, picking up an injury and being unable to play for tooon – we are so weak in defence at the moment, fans will be asked to bring their boots to games, just in case!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Graeme…By the way some fans go on, maybe them playing would be preferable to a few of our current defenders?

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Santon needs to work on his crossing if he wants to play for the Azzurri. He’s not the most talented attacking fullback and as a defender he’s so-so. I know he’s still young though and I’m backing him to come good for us.

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  • donegalmag

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Italy’s teams are always made up of older players, you can tell that even Balotelli looks out of place in their team..

    Santon has many years a head of him so he shouldn’t worry too much about it for now…

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  • jeff

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Santon shud play for england

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  • jeff

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Btw i bet abeid is a more capable lb than santon

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  • bollance

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza

    Good question, surely that makes him a more of an attractive prospect to the Italian national team being able to play both flanks?

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    @jeff, from what I’m reading in the comments, we may as well sell our entire squad and just play Abeid. CL here we come

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  • Graeme

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza

    Current Defenders? You mean we have some?? lol

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #14

    I bet abeid is a more than capable jeff, jeff.
    🙂

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    He is our best defender at the minute although his defending isn’t really anything to right home about frankly, truly lovely going forward though.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Santon…just keep doing what you are doing right now and your time will come again 😀

    …you are the chosen one! (I see too many movies I know :() lol

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Am I missing something? When did Santon become our best defender?

    If anything that title belongs to Perch. The guys has denied a couple goals this season already and did the same last year. If anything we are missing Danny Simpson right now, we were torn to bits by the mighty Reading on that right side last game 🙂

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  • Graeme

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #18

    89Norcal, Unfortunately, your statement that we are missing Simpson is so true – and for a team with Champions League aspirations, that is a very sad state to be in!!

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  • fray bentos

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Jeff really does make alot of sense

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #20

    89Norcal…I say this with the out most respect for Perch, but he should not being playing RB. There are many reasons for this, but just take a look at the Everton game if you want a reason.

    Right now we are stuck in some sort of limbo between how we should be playing and how we actually play, and since neither of us fans can agree on how that should be we all seem to disagree on who is our best or even worse defender (for me depends a lot on how you want to play)

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    @Graeme, Yep it is an inconvenient truth for those who spend all summer nitpicking Simmo’s shortcomings. btw we are of course missing Raylor there as well. Tav, while promising, does not have the experience in that role.

    I didn’t like what I saw between Tiote, Tav and Ben Arfa in that Reading match, Pards has his work cut out for him with stabilizing our back line

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Grame…Well, I didn’t say PL standard 😉

    Bollance….I suppose it depends on whether they favour versatile or quality – as you certainly can’t have both – Sarcasm Warning!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #23

    It would be fair to say our makeshift defence is struggling a little though and Perch for all the praise he gets really only deserves it for his DM performances. Colo has been sorely missed, particularly by Taylor. Simmo is a solid defender certainly but injured. Santon seems the only defender playing regularly and in form right now. Willo has been fine, but not great as you’d expect. Anita excellent but bizarrely left on the bench against Reading and Tav did get the runaround a bit on Saturday..

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #24

    @jesper, perhaps but that Everton game was guaranteed to be tough. Baines and Jelavic wouldn’t be what you consider top wingers but they rip teams apart weekly. Perch is our best option there imo, and he really shines in the box. There was one shot during the Reading game he read perfectly and basically saved our asses.

    But I won’t dare lump the blame on only Tav or Perch, we can’t keep a consistent healthy defense to save our lives

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  • arctoa

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #25

    Every time I’ve seen Tavernier play he’s looked out of his depth. He got pulled to pieces by Atromitos, nevermind the Premier League clubs.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #26

    89Norcal…I didn’t see the Reading sadly (maybe it’s for the best :D) was it that bad?

    …the defense is definitely our weakest link and as some wise man once said: “you’re not better than your weakest link”.

    I’ll say the same as I said last season when we struggled at the back – keep the ball away from the defense at all cost; noe depending on what kind of football you want to play or what kind of players you have to your disposal there are many ways to do so 😀 last year the remedy was a 4-3-3 formation.

    Maybe it is again maybe it’s not, but if the silver supremo do decide to do so he needs two not just one att. fullback. What is it about 4-4-2 and Britain (some kind of sick love and hate intanglement that just won’t quite ;)) lol

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    @jesper, it was pretty poor for a home match vs a promoted side. I think it was Kebe on Reading who was cutting past Tav at will on the right side, and Reading had plenty of crossing space.

    There was once moment where Tiote picked up a foul while containing a winger on the goal line, Tiote literally pushed Tav in the back of the head and was yelling at him, but Tav was too busy yelling at Hatem to notice, lol.

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #28

    btw the first half was a wash, the Tiote and Fergie linkups with Ba were the only highlights for us.

    Unfortunately we weren’t in a position to use 4-3-3 imo, not with Cabaye out.

    If Shola is our Plan B, Ferguson is quickly turning into a Plan C 🙂 he has had instant impact everytime he’s been subbed.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #29

    He need to take shots from outside the box. He keeps beating players and getting into good positions. He shouldn’t be afraid to pull the trigger.

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  • matt11_25

    Oct 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #30

    @ketsbia
    yeah he needs to shoot earlier or hone in that final touch which always seems to get away from him

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