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Curtis Good Impresses On Australia Debut – Other International News

11:03 pm, Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

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.

Soccer - International Friendly - Australia v Ecuador - The Den

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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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Curtis Good · International News · Loic Remy · Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blofal // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Good came off with what looked like an abductor strain.

  • 2 manxpie // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    mmm this is very telling! maybe he shouldn’t have moved for money then!

    Demba Ba ?@dembabafoot 28m
    Nice to be back with the national team
    And even happier for the 90 min

  • 3 NUFCKingALLdWAY // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Pacey england squad I would choose would be

    Hart
    Walker cahill jagielka cole/baines/shaw
    Gerrard lallana
    Rooney
    Sterling Sturridge Welbeck

    Great team against top clubs so can hit them in the counter attack

  • 4 jimmysmith // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    If it was for the cricket team I’d believe he was the real McCoy, although that wouldn’t do us much good. The Socceroos are currently quite frankly borderline duff, by world standards. But he might just go to the World Cup, which is truly great and at 20 he at the very least is a genuine EPL prospect and this Australian coach is tip top at bringing along young players. So, all Good!

  • 5 NUFCKingALLdWAY // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Rooney can play just behind sturridge at No. 10

  • 6 NUFCKingALLdWAY // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Oxlade chamberlain and townsend in place of sterling and welbeck to bring extra pace if needed after about 60 or 70 mins

  • 7 manxpie // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    nufc cant really see your formation there?
    and wellbeck on the left or in the team even! is horrific lol

  • 8 NUFCKingALLdWAY // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Formation 4 2 1 3

    Welbeck always seems to do well at international level but if he is having a shocker then replace him for the ox or townsend then add wilshire into the mix aswell and we can compete with the big boys!

  • 9 jayphoto // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    I’d always be tempted to play Carroll at international level! Always looks decent at that level! Bit like shola

  • 10 manxpie // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    i’d have wilshere where lallana is and townsend instead of sterling
    and wellbeck as a “super” sub

    wellbeck has done well but tbf against not the best opposition at times and he can hardly get a game for his team which again shows how poor the selection is!
    i’d rather a player who has played all season and scored goals from a lower league than a player who’s played f all and picked because he plays now and again for a top team in the prem

  • 11 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    My England team would be :

    —————————-Hart——————————

    –Johnson——–Cahill——–Jagielka——–Baines–

    ————Gerrard——————–Wilshire————

    —Townsend————Rooney————–Sterling—

    —————————Sturridge————————-

  • 12 manxpie // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    in other words a brave england manager!

    who actually picks the best players for the job regardless of who they play for!

  • 13 jayphoto // Mar 5, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Never seen wilshire play well! Appreciate iv only seen 6 or 7 arsenal games but hes always been really poor!
    Apparantly southamptons schneiderlin is eligible for england…. Interesting, hes been their best player this season ahead of lallana, shaw, rodriguez etc




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