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Two Top Newcastle Youngsters In Action At U21 Level

Two of Newcastle’s top young guns, Davide Santon and Haris Vuckic, were in action last week at the U21 level for their countries and will be in action again on Tuesday night.

Haris Vuckic – in action for Sloevnia U21s

20 year-old Davide Santon again captained the Italy Under 21 side in their 7-2 mauling of Liechtenstein away on Thursday evening.

Italy have now won both games in Group 7 of their Euro 2013 qualifiers, and are currently in second place behind Turkey, who have maximum points from their four games.

The next game is on Tuesday night when Italy entertain Turkey, so that promises to be a competitive game.

The £5.3M full-back played the first 74 minutes on Thursday, and looked good in the game, and that will be good news for Alan Pardew.

It’s likely that Davide will again be ion the bench next Sunday when Newcastle entertain Tottenham, in what promises to be a top encounter.

Davide still has to make his debut for the Magpies side, but has looked a very good player in the Reserves.

And more good news in that Haris Vuckic is fit again, after recovering from a broken hand, and played the second half for Solvenia U21s in their 1-1 draw in Sweden in Group 2.

Slovenia currently top their group with 10 points from their five games, but Sweden are only 3 points behind with two games in hand.

The 19-year-old central midfielder broke his hand while playing for Newcastle against Fulham, and he replaced captain Rajko Rep on Thursday evening.

Haris played well and Slovenia mounted a comeback in the second half as they came from behind to finally draw the game 1-1.

Next up for Slovenia is a home game against Lithuania on Tuesday evening.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Chaz

    Oct 9, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Both of these young internationals should be pressing for a bench place at least and I’m expecting both to start at Blackburn in the cup.

  • bambams

    Oct 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    as much as i respect Raylor playing out of position and he has done nothing wrong, i hope Pards will at least bring the lad on against Spuds if not starting with him.

    Sants needs to get a game, i remember a certain Maric we signed many years ago who came with a great cv but was injured and his Newcastle career never got started.

    Just feel we need a recognised LB to face up the Spuds imo….

  • Graeme

    Oct 9, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Given Raylor’s lack of real pace, I would actually start Santon against Spuds with either Marveaux in front of him, Jonas on the Right or switch Marveaux / Jonas round.

    Will give us more pace at the back and more ability to counter-attack on both flanks – If Cabaye is out, that’s the way I would go.

  • The Eternal Optimist

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    where did santon play ed?

  • Disorder

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5


    Haris Vu?ki? actually made the equaliser with a brilliant cross. Check out the highlights lads!

  • Szarka

    Oct 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Kádár Tamás also played for his U21 side, but they lost vs Turkey 2-1.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Oct 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    As this article says, Turkey at the moment have a VERY STRONG U21’s team and have some fantastic players.

    I know Turkey is a place that can produce some world class players and very young skillfull players ( Nuri Sahin, Turan, the Altintops, Tuncay) i could go on forever..

    but i see Turkey is almost untouched land in terms of the premier league, provided we could get work permits, we could pick up some real Tiote bargains!

    + being a Turkey fan, the future looks very VERY bright 😀

  • Sav

    Oct 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Thanks for the link, Disorder.
    Great cross alright.
    Well done, Harry.


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