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International Call-Up For Coloccini Who Needs To Sort Priorities

8 years ago

An interesting add-on to the current Fabricio Coloccini situation, has seen the player named in the latest Argentina squad.

Our captain is named in the twenty three man squad which will take on Sweden in a friendly on February 6, in Sweden.

I’m still completely behind Coloccini but this does confuse the situation if the player’s ‘personal issues’ are all about needing to spend as much time in Argentina as possible.

Yes it is a great honour to play for your country but if anything has to give then surely the first thing shouldn’t be the football club and fans who have helped make him a very rich man and who need him now more than at any time in his Newcastle career.

Maybe we will see Coloccini withdraw from the squad in the next day or two but it appears obvious that he hasn’t yet made clear to his international set-up that his personal issues mean that he is no longer available.

You only need to look at the example of Alan Shearer to see the standard the fans at Newcastle expect, a player who was still pivotal for England but who gave it all up for Newcastle United. With all due respect, Coloccini is on the fringes of the Argentina squad and not guaranteed a game in any shape or form.

The idea of our captain deserting Newcastle United’s relegation fight due to personal issues but then sitting on the bench for a meaningless friendly in Sweden…well it wouldn’t be good would it!

I’m sure Fabricio will do the right thing and at least do his bit at St.James’ Park for the rest of the season, we await with interest.

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