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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  • Maximus Moose

    Best of luck to him got out of the Nufc Cesspool

  • macandmarge

    Maximus Moose There is something very very wrong with this club….and its terminal !! Also just read £60 million supposedly available in close season(not bad)…but to do that clear players out e.g. Krul ?( a fine keeper-who presumably we will have to replace-BONKERS)

  • v0ices

    Makes you wonder how some of our other players would do under a good manager, sammi for England!

  • StephenBowers

    Santon looked like a decent footballer but was targeted by opposing teams that knew he was weak on his left foot.Two players had jumped ahead of him for the LB slot unfortunately both injured.
    In the long term, my opinion Good Business.

  • Jarra MIck

    I was never Santons biggest fan thought he was an ok player but to sell him for the sake of a couple of million in the middle of an injury crisis just sums these cnuts up.

  • hate the mackems

    Santon is not a left back. He plays right back for inter & will only ever be considered for Italy as a right back. Only the idiots at NUFC would play someone whose left peg is for standing on only at left back. Santon the right back would be handy if Janmaat gets sold!

  • Maximus Moose

    hate the mackems Santon played left back for inter last week i watched the match

  • Maximus Moose

    macandmarge Maximus Moose Nufc is now an Asylum ran by Lunatics

  • Jarra MIck

    Aye moose I seen it and to be honest i thought he looked shakey at best.