Davide Santon has now completed the same path as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa before him.

The Italian full-back has been pulled out of the international wilderness and is in the squad to face England on Tuesday night in Turin.

Davide Santon replaces Torino’s Matteo Darmian who dropped out of the squad after Italy managed a late draw in Bulgaria on Saturday night.

Mapou returned to the French national squad and team following his initial loan move to AS Roma, feeling the benefits of a sustained run in his best position.

The centre-back also going on to seal a permanent move to the Italian club after a contract clause triggered by playing a certain number of matches.

Davide Santon was given next to no pitch time after returning from injury at Newcastle and the latest NUFC Fans Forum saw the club confirm, that it was only for financial reasons Santon was allowed to go out on loan despite the defensive crisis that was brewing at St. James’ Park.

The club worried they wouldn’t maximise a potential transfer fee if Santon wasn’t moved out on loan with a view to a permanent deal at Inter.

The full-back going on to play regularly and his impressive form clinching a permanent deal at Inter, plus now an international recall.

The 24 year old left-back last played for Italy over two years ago in February 2013 against Holland.

Since then Davide Santon has lost his way a bit in both club and international football, with injuries not helping.

As Newcastle wonder whether to keep midfielder Jack Colback at left-back against Sunderland next Sunday in the current defensive crisis, Davide Santon is enjoying his football again for club and now potentially, country.

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