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Davide Santon Captains Italian U21s To Another Victory

Davide Santon led the Italian U21 side to a fine 2-0 win over group leaders Turkey last night.

Davide Santon – in action for Italian U21 side

The game took place in the Centro d’Italia Stadium in Rieti,  and it was the third win in as many games for the Italians and ended Turkey’s four game winning streak in the group.

Goals from Riccardo Saponara just before half time and from Mattia Destro six minutes into the second half,  were enough to give Italy victory and they are now 3 points behind Turkey with two games in hand.

Davide played the full game, and has now played two full games over this International break,  so he is rapidly getting back to full fitness, following the knee scare he a few weeks ago.

The draining of his knee by a London surgeon seems to have done the trick, and Davide is ready to play in the Newcastle first team.

The 20 year-old  is still to make his debut for Newcastle, and that may not happen on Sunday against Tottenham, but it’s almost certain he will get a start in Round 4 of the Carling Cup at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, October 26th, which is two weeks tonight.

Tim Krul was on the bench again for Holland last night,  as Swansea keeper Michel Vorm was was preferred in goal, but Holland lost their 100% record when Sweden won the game 3-2 at home.

And it looks at the moment that Tim is currently Holland’s number three goalkeeper behind Maarten Stekelenburg of Roma and Vorm, but that’s likely to change before the end of the season.

Holland dominated possession and were 2-1 up early in the second half, but Sweden scored twice to win the game and advance to the finals next summer.

They ended up as the best runners up in all the nine qualifying groups with 24 points from their 10 games, and Holland won the group with 27 points from their 10 matches.

From what we can tell,  no Newcastle player is coming back from the International break injured, so that’s good news.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Santon HAS to start on Sunday, i just don’t see how it should be done any different. Make sure u read my comment Pardew!

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Ha ha, they should have used Tim. Then it would have finished 2-0 to Holland.

  • Kris

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Team for Sunday:
    Simpson, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Santon
    Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez
    Best, Ba

    Subs: Harper, R.Tayor, Perch, Gosling, Obertan, Sammy, Marveaux

    I think its right to give Santon the LB spot, but I am not to convinced that Ben Arfa should strart ahead of Obertan, but if he arnt starting, then getting him on in the 60 mins!

    Look we need a new striker! Its not helping us to have Lovenkrands on the bench vs. a champions league team. Shola isnt good enough for the bench anyday! Sammy should be over third striker option at this days.

  • TS -77

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Holland lost their 100% record when Sweden won the game 3-2 at home.

    Wohoo! Poland/Ukraine here we come!

  • TS -77

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Good luck with the radio therapy Ed, we are with you all the way so hand in there mate.

  • magpie6699

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed – I still don’t know how you do it – must be the early hours of the morning for you! Take care of yourself!
    I think it will be a real test of Pardew’s man management to keep people like Benny, Sylvain, Davide, Obertan – even Vuckic etc happy – but a nice problem for a manager to have. Better than looking at a bench full of raw youngsters or has- beens. Although on that last note I see Shefki Kuqi has been scoring some goals – good man!


    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    So hope arfa starts against spurs 🙂

  • SwedishMagpie

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    @GeordieGerman naa no way krul would have saved this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak8TlDyPfY0

  • boing123

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Nothing special. Just atrocious positioning by Vorm

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    SwedishMagpie, piece of cake.

  • norwegianmagpie

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Krul would have held it!

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    no keeper in the world would of saved that, right into the top corner

  • Hoppefot79

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Kris, that’s a good team, I’d pick the same! Maybe swap Ben Arfa with Jonas, so that Jonas can help out Simpson in defense, and Benni form some nice triangles with Santon and Cabaye up left

  • drongo

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Did Santon play on the right or the left fo Italy?

  • FoxtrotOscar

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Good luck with the treatment Ed and stay positive

  • TS -77

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    @ Swedish Magpie – vilken skönhet, länge leve Källström!!

  • Scottiedog

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Santon HAS to play!! If he can be picked as a Italian U21 Captain then he must be good enough to play against Spurs FFS!!

  • niffnoff

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Captain Obvious statement, is it just me or does the Italian U21 kit look exactly like the Intermilan kit
    (looks at picture and caption) 😉


  • magpiebop

    Oct 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Vs Spurs

    RTaylor, STaylor, Coloccini(c), Santon.
    Guttierez, Cabaye, Marveaux.
    Ben Arfa.

    Subs- Harper, Simpson, Ferguson, Gosling, Obertan, SAMeobi, Ba.

    Keep the RTaylor/Guttierez partnership together but on the right. Play young Santon in at left back next to our Italian speaking captain Coloccini and wii Marveaux in front.
    Play diamond formation in midfield but wii cabaye our best passer in the centre of it, Ben Arfa at the front off the striker and Tiote holding. Cabaye is flanked by Guttierez right and Marveaux left.

    Don’t think Spurs would even get the ball if we played this team against them! Lol

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Team will be unchanged.

    I know hes been scoring but for spurs i think HBA should come in for Ba, as he do need someone who can just do something magical as we wont boss the game. Best is the better player to lead the line as well.

  • al

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Wonder if he cab recommend us to any of his U21 mates 😉


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