Four Newcastle Players Play Full International Games

Three Newcastle players – Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye and Tim Krul played the whole game for Italy, France and Holland respectively tonight in the International friendlies, and Moussa Sissoko played for 80 minutes as France were beaten 2-1 by Germany at the Stade de France.

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Davide Santon – 8th full cap for Italy tonight

Holland had dominated most of the game, with Newcastle team mates Tim Krul and Davide Santon playing the whole game on opposite sides, and the Ditch had gone ahead on 30 minutes through Jeremain Lens, but Italy equalized in injury time through Verratti to get a 1-1 draw – and Tim was robbed of a clean sheet.

France were beaten 2-1 by Germany for the first time since 1987 although Yohan Cabaye, who played the whole game for his country, almost equalized for France with the last kick of the game, at the Stade de France.

France had gone ahead through a goal from Valbuena just before the break – but second half goals from Mueller and Khedira gave the Germans a good victory – but how come there was no Blaydon Races sang in Paris tonight? 😀

Fabricio Coloccini was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 3-2 win in Sweden, and England did very well in beating Brazil 2-1 at Wembley, with good goals from Wayne Rooney (27 mins) and Frank Lampard (60 mins).

But the England defense gifted Brazil their goal through Fred early in the second half after 48 mins, and that was the first time England have beaten Brazil since 1990 when we won 1-0 with a goal from who else – Gary Linekar – and of course Bobby Robson was the England manager.

But Brazil looked anything but good, and there must be some worried people in Brazil, because of the side’s poor form with the World Cup in Brazil a short seventeen months away, and Brazil are at their lowest FIFA ranking ever – 18th with England ranked 6th.

As far as we know all Newcastle players came through their games unscathed but some may be a little tired for the tough game at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon – although Tottenham also had several of their players in action tonight.

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41 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #1

    No injury’s, Job done 😉

  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Light training me thinks

  • dannyboy

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #3

    ffs!!! i knew this was going to happen, the player i most worried about playing the full 90 was dreamboat!! hes just back from injury and has put 110% every game!! im worried about him over doing it against spurs now unlike santon who could seem to run for days

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #4


    I find it hard to say Germany have a stronger squad than Spain to be honest.

    Some of the players who haven’t even had a look in for Spain are ridiculous.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #5

    OK national pride or fashionable slagging apart, England made Brazil look pretty ordinary from any neutral standpoint. And I usually think England are over-promoted and dire. Rooney is fat btw. Not a salad fan at all.

    Ruddy sorry I missed your David Gilmour point but my go-to music gold standard has to be that bloke, technically brilliant enough to make the simple stuff sound amazing. Required study for guitar students of any age and generation. Close Rant.

    Any spurs internationals feeling any slight pulls or strains?

  • yo-yo

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #6

    hope they’re not ‘too tired’ for spuds

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #7

    @ TDS

    Yeah Spain have a great squad as well, I just think Germanys young players in a few years time will be great. Holtby, Goetze ,Reus to name a few.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Werent we talking about Reus some time back. Was that a dream? Or was it just on one of Ketsy’s ists?

  • Tsunki

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Ketsy’s LISTS LISTS LISTS Dammit!

  • Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #10

    was secretly hoping for bale to.pick up little knock

  • Hatem Ben Glenno

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Bale was taken off after 60 for obvious reasons, why do France have to exhaust there players by playing the full 90? understandably its a big match when they play the Germans but as mentioned Cabaye is only justy back….

  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Never recommended him.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Reus is a great player – he’s outshone the much hyped Gotze whenever I’ve seen them.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Germany have to try and fit 4 from Kroos, Muller, Gotze, Reus, Gomez, Schurrle, Podolski, Ozil and Klose into their team. England struggle with Lennon, Downing etc. haha

  • dannyboy

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #16

    i know this has been asked on the blog before but who is that player to the right of pards in the banner? when use say it il kick myself for not knowing it?

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Ozil tonight was unbelieveable. One of the top 5 in the world.

  • eastend toon

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #18


  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Right! Off to bed. Toon onesy on and toon crest beret on !

  • dannyboy

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #20

    it doesnt look like bigi, i narrowed it down to him but he looks different,cheers anyway lol

  • dannyboy

    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #21

    when bennys back fit who would use prefer ,mareaux or gouffran in ur 1st team?

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #22


    whilst Marv may be more technical, Goofy seems more like a better obertan + Jnas work ethic

  • jayphoto

    Feb 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Gouffran has a much higher fitness level than marveaux! I really like sylvain off the bench, gouffran for me might push cisse onto the bench tho, he works like a trojan and was most successful for bordeaux playing uptop alone! Cisse looks a shadow of the striker we saw last season! Not just a case of bad luck either because his control and touch are shocking, his movement is woeful, constantly offside and he wildly lashes at his shots! Feeling in france is newcastle are crazy to play gouffran wide with cisse up front! Gouffran will show hes a much better player than english people realised

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 7, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #24

    @Jayphoto, So something like this then?

    The Furious French Fast Five Attack Force.


    There is a sh!t load of pace in that team… Could be very interesting.

  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 7, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #25 This is good.

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Feb 7, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #26

    People may think I’m crazy but I would still stick with Cisse.
    He is the best finisher at the club and has been stuck out on the right the whole season so far!

    How well would Shearer do coming back from that? (Though Shearer was a blo0dy good crosser!)

    Yes he’s offside a lot, but I think his touch is a lot better than people give credit for (like The Moose’s first goal on Sat- the control and pass to Gouffran).

    I think get Ben Arfa back and keep giving him service and he’ll score. Simple as that.

    If by the end of this season he still isn’t showing atleast occasions of last season then there may be a problem but until then I want Cisse playing!

  • coatesy17

    Feb 7, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #27

    cisse scored against Villa, it will come back i love this team :
    Deuchy saylor colo santon
    Cabaye Sissoko
    Gouffran Cisse HBA

  • alanrichie

    Feb 7, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #28


    Has to be Anita for me at DM also.

  • chris_g

    Feb 7, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Ketsbaia9 // Feb 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM says:



    Ketsbaia9 // Feb 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Get rid of:


    No Kets, that won’t work. If we did sign those 5 players (who are ALL non-homegrown) then we would end up exceeding the maximum number of 17 that we’d be allowed to name in our 25 man squad for next season.

    Also, if we got rid of those 5 players that you’ve listed (who ALL qualify as homegrown) then we’d have serious problems finding another 8 players to satisfy the required homegrown quota for next season.

    I think you (and everybody else) need to get used to the idea that we’ll probably end up losing more than 5 players in the summer, even if we only bring in one or two. We’ve currently got 24 players named in our 25 man squad for the rest of this season but we’ve also got a further seven players who will no longer qualify as under 21s next season (for these purposes an under 21 player is defined as one who is “under the age of 21 on 1st January in the year in which the season commences”). Those players who will no longer qualify are Santon, Tavernier, Dummett, Ferguson, Inman, Newton and Ranger. They were all born in 1991 and were therefore all aged 21 on 1st January this year, so the list of candidates for a place in next year’s 25 man squad now stands at 31 (not 24, as most people seem to be assuming).

    Instead of 5 players in and 5 out, as you’ve suggested, I think it’s more likely to be something like 3 players in and 9 players out (possibly 6 players sold or released and 3 of the 21yr olds sent out on loan for the season)

    It isn’t rocket science. It’s just simple arithmetic:
    31 + 3 – 9 = 25 (which is the maximum number allowed)

    So I would suggest:

    IN (3)

    Replacement for Harper
    Benteke or Bony or PEA or RVW or ??

    OUT (9)

    R Taylor

    + send out on loan:


    Which would leave us with this 25 man squad for next season:
    (h = homegrown)

    3 GK….Krul (h), Elliot (h), New GK

    2 RB….Debuchy, Tavernier (h)

    2 LB…..Santon, Dummett (h)
    4 CB….Alderweireld, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor (h), Williamson (h)

    4 DM….Tiote, Anita, Jonas, Perch (h)

    6 AM….HBA, Cabaye, Sissoko, Marveaux, Obertan, Amalfitano

    4 ST……Cisse, New Striker, Gouffran, Shola (h)

    Total = 25, homegrown = 8

    Players who would still qualify as under 21 next season include:
    Haïdara, Sammy Ameobi, Abeid, Vuckic, Bigirimana, Good, Streete, Campbell

    and a few of these could be sent out on loan as well, in addition to the 21yr olds that I mentioned

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 7, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Ok Ed, enoughs enough.

    You log on to the blog and you’re immediately greeted by a reet auld bag, platinum blonde, tits half hanging out, bright orange and smoking a fag.

    Very alluring, I’m sure.

  • magpie6699

    Feb 7, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #31

    Stick with Cisee – he IS a goalscorer. I remember big Al saying during a barren streak that he wasn’t worried because he was getting into position and getting chances. He said he would worry more if he wasn’t getting chances. Cisse is certainly getting into position and is hitting the target – just not beating keepers. I thought he was very unlucky against Reading – their keeper played a blinder, and against Cech he just didn’t hit the shots hard enough.

  • Spahndirge

    Feb 7, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Coloccini did play for about 5 mins in the end

  • check the toastie

    Feb 7, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #33

    Jayphoto – your critique of Cisse bordered on total stupidity.

    Cisse is a great player just needs some goals to start flying in, lately his movement is good, touch is first class and he is getting into goal scoring opportunities.

    Get A Grip.

  • jeff

    Feb 7, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #34


    The google adverts are chosen by what you search on your computer…so i dont wanna know what youre looking at hahaha

    Ps get adblock

  • TorqToon

    Feb 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #35

    Morning gents! How are we all…?

    Tell you what…75,000 fans at the Stade de France

    …not even close to the atmosphere a pumped up SJP can bring!!

    Nice little ground though…! 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 7, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Morning all.

    Torq…Didn’t watch the France game, except for the last 10 minutes, amazingly England managed to keep me entertained!!! How did our players do? Saw Cabayes last second attempt…ouch.

  • Graeme

    Feb 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #37

    Good Morning!! I spent the evening in a bar in Jos with 58 Nigerian fans, the only white boy in town – these guys KNOW how to celebrate when Nigeria win lol

    What a night – I think lol

  • TorqToon

    Feb 7, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Morning Ibiza. How was the England game? I saw Lampards goal – pretty tasty!

    The France / Germany game was very good.

    All France first half and all Germany second,

    Cabaye was nothing shirt of majestic. His array of passing was unreal. He sat fairly deep and pretty much ran the show. Was unlucky on 2 occasions – one where Benzema got in his way when he was in a better striking position, and the last kick of the game which mertezacker pulled off a great block.

    Sissoko had his chances limited but it just a power house! He loves to run with the ball and one several occasions dissected the German backline with his runs. Came off after 80mins and put in a solid shift. Debuchy and Yanga didn’t play.

    Star for France imo was Valbuena. A little bloke but with incredible technique, work rate and passion. France main weakness is their backline. Sagna and evra just aren’t good enough imo. Debuchy will win his place back and somebody like Cissokho should be pushing for the starting LB berth.

    But second half Germany were something else. Ozil was incredible. Hummels at the back was like a wall.

  • Stephen Keegan

    Feb 7, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #39

    On the subject of home grown players, i feel we need to bring in more english youths there is an abundance of talent in the lower leagues who could strengthen our squad and potentially become starting 11 down the line, i feel we should at least field three Homegrown players in the starting 11, few suggestions


    Anyone no of any young English CM to replace gosling< can only think of McEchran

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #40

    Chris G,

    I get your point, but I would imagine if we got rid of as many as you are saying, there is no chance there will only be three arrivals. The development squad will get boosted, which won’t affect the 25 man squad as they will be U21. I imagine that will include the keeper, although I would also say we have Alnwick progressing so that may become the option, although I’d prefer a loan move for him.

    Pointless loaning out players like Inman and Newton, and possibly the same for Fergie. They have spent too long coasting along in the reserves here, not there fault, but it has ruined there progress, and I doubt they will break in to the 1st team ever if they don’t manage early next season. I think Campbell, Streete, and probably the new signing Mbabu should all be on loan. They should be priority to get on loan as they need that to progress, not another year of development squad rubbish.


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