NUFC Internationals – We Counted Them Out…
Newcastle had a whole host of players heading off in different directions this week for meaningless friendlies and in terms of injuries it is looking so far so good with no reported problems.
Davide Santon made his way back into the Italian team after his double assist against Chelsea, his confidence must be sky high now. Italy playing out a 1-1 draw as Tim Krul added another cap to his collection.
France took the lead against Germany with Moussa Sissoko providing a headed pass which Valbuena finished off but it wasn’t enough as Germany came back to win 2-1. While Cabaye played the full ninety minutes, Sissoko came off late in the game and Debuchy & Mapou didn’t make it off the bench.
Sweden hosted Argentina and Fabricio Coloccini, our captain making a token appearance with a few minutes to go as his team won 3-2.
These matches followed Papiss Cisse lining up for Senegal on Tuesday night in a 1-1 draw with Guinea, after settling his differences with the management following his FA banned him form appearing for Newcastle against Swansea earlier this season.
Finally, Shane Ferguson picked up another cap for Northern Ireland as they played out a goalless draw in Malta.
As well as injury worries, the travelling aspect isn’t a problem on this occasion with Cisse’s match played in Paris and Coloccini’s Argentina match on Swedish turf.
So fingers crossed that Alan Pardew will have what is almost an embarrassment of riches/options for Saturday’s match at White Hart Lane.
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