Mohamed Diame scored 10 goals and grabbed four assists as he was a major factor in Hull’s promotion last season, scoring the goal at Wembley that finished the job off, as the Humberside club beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the play-off final.

With nine games remaining, he has scored three Championship goals and registered two assists, plus played well a handful of times.

Not what Rafa Benitez was expecting when investing massive wages and meeting the buyout clause, on a player who turns 30 in June.

Now though the midfielder has pledged 100% effort, even 200%…, for the cause.

Mohamed Diame says that with retiring from international football he hopes that ‘With all the rest that I will get from now I will be fresh to give my best for Newcastle’.

Newcastle fans will be looking forward to seeing that after the feeble efforts so far this season.

The biggest problem by far for the Newcastle Manager has been which is the least worst of Ayoze Perez and Mohamed Diame to play behind Dwight Gayle.

The pair of them have been major disappointments and arguably have been the difference between Newcastle being level with Brighton, rather than ahead of them by some distance.

I can’t wait for the Super Mo Show in these remaining nine fixtures.

Mohamed Diame speaking to the official club website:

“I know Newcastle is a massive club and people have big expectations.

“I know that it is important when you are in a club like this, you have to perform at 100 per cent – even 200 per cent.

“It was important for me to take this decision (to retire from international football) for the rest of my career.

“It has been a big honour for me, I’m proud to have been an international player for Senegal and to have made my family proud too.

“For my father and all my family to have seen me wearing the shirt is something that they will never forget and I’m very proud.

“It’s been a big decision and a tough one as well, because I really wanted to keep playing for my country – but I need to be honest, and give the opportunity to other players who feel strong and are in better form than me.

“As everyone knows, in Africa teams are always laughing and enjoying themselves when they are together.

“I have enjoyed a lot of great moments with Senegal, and I had the chance to play at the Olympic Games here in the UK with my country.

“It has been a big honour and a massive thing for me – I will never forget this.

“I would like to thank my family, because they have always been behind me and have given me support.

“I have spoken already with the manager, and I’d like to thank all the managers I have had, and not forgetting the Senegalese Football Federation as well.

“The fans have been amazing with me. They have supported me all the way through, so I would like to thank all of the Senegal supporters too.

 “It’s not an easy decision, but I hope with all the rest that I will get from now I will be fresh to give my best for Newcastle.”

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