Great News – Young Newcastle Star Gets International Call

We wondered when it was going to happen, because he’s been playing so well for Newcastle United this season, and it’s really good news that Davide Santon has been recalled to the full Italy squad.

Davide Santon – playing against Liverpool last Sunday

Davide has been called up for the friendly game against France next Wednesday night in Parma, and the 21 year-old gets a chance to add to the 7 full caps he already has for Italy, and it could be he’s up against his team-mate Yohan Cabaye next Wednesday.

Santon has played for all the Italian Youth sides and he captained the U21 s and picked up 17 caps at that level.

And the 6’1″ defender made his senior debut when he was just 18 in June of 2009 in a friendly against Northern Ireland, that was played in Pisa, and a young Shane Ferguson also played in that game for Northern Ireland – Italy won the game 3-0.

Davide played the whole match and put in a solid performance, but the last time he represented the full Italian side was early last year, before he joined the Magpies, and this is his first senior call-up since joining Newcastle United for £5M from Inter-Milan in the summer of last year.

There’s no doubt that Davide is now a better player than when he joined Newcastle, and great credit for that goes to Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches, who have handled the lad expertly, and of course credit also goes to the young Italian, who listens carefully to what Alan Pardew tells him.

Davide’s turning out to be another excellent buy for Newcastle (thanks to Graham Carr for spotting him), and of course this lad has great potential, and he will keep improving as he continues to wear the famous colors of Newcastle United.

This is good news for Newcastle and great news for Davide Santon.

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7 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Nov 11, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #1

    its always good to see any newcastle player getting a call up, be it england italy ireland or who ever . im chuffed for him, hes knuckled down and got on with the job he came here to do.he deserves it, hope he gets on.

  • Baro

    Nov 11, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Such a great player Davide is. Always improving, and learning the game. Has wonderful speed, dribbling, and is getting there with his defense too. He is very talented. And really deserves this call up to the full national team.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 11, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Davide and Fergie can develop a real threat on the LW.
    Both are attacking FBs so they can cover for each other.

    The opposition won’t know which will be the next one to get to an advanced position and cross/cut inside or which one to put two men on.

  • pedro

    Nov 11, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Well deserved for his performances this season. He could go on to be a true great. I’m not sure I would credit Graham Carr with him though, he was pretty well known before signing for us. Great signing anyway

  • MacToon

    Nov 11, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Great to have our players play for their respective countries but there’s more chance of injuries and will therefore mean we could miss our better players.

  • Graeme

    Nov 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Great news for Davide, I’m sure he will be very pleased with the call-up. Just goes to show – our coaches must be doing something right!!

  • StuW

    Nov 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Fantastic news for one of our unsung players. Wonder if he will play at RB or LB? He will be our future RB, I am not sure why he isn’t there anyway.


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