Curtis Good has been impressing at Dundee United, where he is on loan for the rest of the season, and it seems he also impressed in training for the Australian squad, because Curtis made his full debut for Australia tonight and started the game and he had a good game.
Curtis Good - in action tonight
The 20 year-old center-back who can also play left back was included in the Australian squad for the game against Ecuador tonight, and he was in the starting line-up, which shows the confidence Australia manager Ange Postecoglou has for the young Newcastle United 20 year-old.
Curtis played for 68 minutes before he was injured and replaced by Wilkinson at Milwall’s New Den, and Alan Pardew will need to take a good hard look at Curtis in pre-season.
Australia were 3-0 up at the break, but Ecuador had pulled two goals back when Curtis was replaced, and they scored two more goals with the winner coming two minutes into added time, for a thrilling win for Ecuador.
But it was Wilkinson, who had come on for the injured Curtis Good, who lost possession of the ball for Ecuador’s fourth goal, and it was his debut for Australia too.
Tim Cahill – the former Everton and Milwall player – scored two goals in the first half to become Australia’s all time highest scorer with 31 goals in 67 International appearances, and it was fitting he should do that at his first club in England.
Curtis sustained a minor hip injury and had an impressive game on his for Australia and will probably make the Australia squad for the World Cup.
Mathieu Debuchy started the game for France in their 2-0 win in Paris against Holland, and he was subbed with just a few minutes to go in the game for his 19th cap, and Loic Remy earned his 22nd cap when he came on for the last 21 minutes of the game.
And Moussa Sissoko got on for the last 8 minutes for his 13th cap – unlucky for some.
So all three of Newcastle’s French contingent got a game tonight in Paris.
Cheick Tiote played the whole game for Ivory Coast, as they gained a great 2-2 draw with Belgium in Brussels, after being 2-0 down.
And Papiss Cisse played for Senegal in their 1-1 draw with Mali.
And England won 1-0 at Wembley against Denmark, with a late goal from Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, in what was a boring game.
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