Newcastle Star Gets International Call-Up – Hefty Travel Involved

Argentina take on Saudi Arabia in an International friendly next month and Newcastle’s captain Fabricio Coloccini has been included in the squad.

Fab Coloccini – travels to Saudi Arabia and then Buenos Aires

Fabricio was included in the Argentine squad twice this season, and both times he returned to Newcastle injured, and missed games for Newcastle.

So we hope Fabricio comes back fit after the November 14th International, which is  followed by another friendly  game against Brazil in Buenos Aires a week later, and it’s a long way to travel for two friendly games.

Coloccini has made 34 appearances for the national team and has to be the best Argentine center-back on form over the last year, and of course he was selected to the Premier League team of the season  last season.

So the travel alone will help to exhaust the players – never mind playing the two games.

We just hope it’s not third time unlucky for Colo and he picks up yet another injury while on International duty.

This is the Argentina squad to face Saudi Arabia, and it’s interesting that Carlos Tevez has again been left out:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Cristian Alvarez (Espanyol)
Defenders: Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Luciano Monzon (Lyon), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle)
Midfielders: Fernando Gago (Valencia), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Enzo Perez (Benfica), Tino Costa (Valencia), Ricky Alvarez (Inter), Fabian Rinaudo (Sporting Lisbon)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Franco Di Santo (Wigan)

8 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    sorry repost from last
    Are we over cautious about our youngsters? I mean like waiting for them to mature, even if he has amazing skills and he is not at least 19 then he is not ready for regular 1st team action.
    Sterling, Owen, Rooney already played regularly for 1st team when they were 17-18 years old, some already played for national team. Santon played regular 1st team when he was 18, Totti, Del Piero, etc.
    Other than Gael, we barely ever see our youngsters (under 19) played more than one game.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Good for Colo, but it might not be that good for Newcastle.

    I remember back when Sir Bobby was here, he didn’t like it much when Nobby was going to Peru to play Internationals!

  • Santon03

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    correction: Santon started playing regularly for Inter when he was 17, national team when he was 19.

  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Santon03 – I totally agree with you n that’s fans n management, sick ppl saying they got no experience they can’t play it’s a joke, if there good enough there old enough, players like Adam Campbell should b first team
    In 10 year we have only produced about 4 good young players its shocking

  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    We have a very good left back in Paul dummitt performing in the spl why go sign one, just bring him back in jan get him on long term deal n get him in n around the team

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Santon…it is different for each player. Some mature quite quickly. I think as a team you have to wary about having the right balance with young and old and take injury in to consideration 🙂

    …young kids who play to many games at a young age are more proned to injury and the limelight can ruin a player.

    Two Danish examples would be Agger from Liverpool, who is very injury prone and played way too many games at a young age and Jon Dahl Tomasson who also got ruined by coming to Newcastle.

    Everyone was injured and suddenly they were looking to young Tomasson for the goals. He couldn’t handle that.

    Personally I think most of our youngster (besides Fergy and Sammy) should have been out on loan.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #7

    *also = almost

  • Santon03

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8


    Funny isn’t it? there you have big teams with bigger squads willing to gamble on 17-18years old and giving them chance because they have skills, while we have small squad and gave youngsters very small chance to play


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