How did our internationals get on?

Davide on Italy duty.
I hate international weeks. I hate the lack of club football. I’m not overly interested in England or any international results for that matter.

Me being English, I’m not that concerned with results of other teams and after the whole debacle and attitude of the players at the World Cup in 2010 it will take me some time before I feel I can get behind the England national team again. It’s sad, but I just can’t get behind them.

Still at least it’s all over now for a month or so and we can return to club football for a few weeks at least. We can start to look forward to a quick reunion with a recently departed friend in the form of Joey Barton when we travel to QPR on Monday night.

Has the international break helped us though? Has it hindered us? Have we picked up any injuries? Or was there any outstanding performances from any of our players whilst they were on international duty with their respective nations? Let’s take a look.

Tim Krul failed to see any action for Holland during the international break. He was an unused substitute for the 11-0 (not a typo) victory over San Marino and didn’t even make the matchday 18 for the game against Finland last night.



Yohan Cabaye did manage to add to his haul of international caps however. He was an unused substitute for French against Albania although he did start against Romania before being withdrawn after 75 minutes.

Cheik Tiote played the full 90 minutes for Ivory Coast as they put five past Rwanda. That was back on Saturday though so Cheik will have had plenty of time to rest up. the run out would have done him the world of good aswell to be fair.

Jonas Gutierrez played just over 20 minutes for Argentina as they beat Nigeria 3-1 in Dhaka. Spiderman came off the bench around the 68 minute mark and came through the game unscathed despite some “committed” tackles from Nigeria.

Jóan Símun Edmundsson added another two international caps to his collection as he played the full 90 minutes in the the 1-0 defeat to Italy and the 3-1 defeat to Serbia. That makes it 12 caps already for the 20-year-old, although with the greatest of respect I feel that we could probably assemble an NUFC Blog XI and earn some call ups to their team.

Davide Santon captained the Italy U-21s as they beat Tamas Kadar and his Hungary U-21 colleagues 3-0. The result wasn’t the only contrast for the pair of youngsters either. Whilst Santon played the full 90 minutes and grabbed himself an assist, Kadar was replaced after the hour mark and had already picked up a yellow card….. for a challenge on Santon.

Shane Ferguson played the full 90 for the Northern Ireland U-21s in their 3-0 loss against Denmark while Dan Gosling managed to make a full debut for the England U-21s. Gosling managed just over an hour of the 4-1 victory over Israel at Oakwell on Monday evening. He played well and was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet.

That just about rounds up all of our players who were involved in the international fixtures anyway. The best part about the whole thing is that there were no injuries picked by anyone which is a bonus. My paranoia about injuries on international duty also contributes to why I don’t like the international breaks. Blame Micheal Owen for that though.

Roll on Monday!

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A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

68 thoughts on “How did our internationals get on?

  1. Toonsy, I would like to see a review of how the strikers linked to us in the Summer have performed. Perhaps before the January window. If I remember I might do this myself for the blog. Some of the players linked to us stank to the high heavens of ponyness. Only Cisse looked to have any sort of quality. I ain’t defending the board but I just don’t think that there was anything decent available other than Cisse. I hoped they might have made a move for Welliton but I have no idea what his value is.

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  2. our youngsters give me hope.. then again, if they come good i guess they will be sold. anyway, we seem to have our fair share of young en’s doing well. Kadar is getting the boot isnt he?
    England football team at senior level… well, tbh, i hate them and i like it when they get knocked out early and get loads of stick. i dont know why and i know its wrong of me to think like that but for some reason i like it when they suffer.

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  3. AndrewT – Kadar is screwed mate. Been told to shape up or ship out. When that gets said there is vary rarely a way back.

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  4. What about ex-players? James Troisi played a few minutes for the Socceroos in a bloody awful performance against Thailand. Won 2-1 tho. And Craig Moore is now a player agent.

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  5. andrewT.. i think the article about the strikers, whilst interesting, rather pointless, as we didnt buy any, never even put worthwhile bids for any and will not buy any of them in janaury.

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  6. Also agree with Craig @ 12. Pointless getting excited about these young lads, as highly rated as they are, as they will just get sold. That is what the form book says.

    Now I don’t mind that as such, as long as the money is being used on something tangible like debt repayments or, ideally, player replacements.

    If it’s done well it could even be used on both but the balance needs to be right. At the moment it’s that balance that I think is wrong. Think about it, we brought in £40 million in the last season from transfers? Fair enough. Can’t be changed, record bids blah blah.

    Why couldn’t it have been split though? Here ya go Mikey, have 20 mil back and you leave us 20 mill for the team. Am I being unreasonable with that?

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  7. Moreno – I’ve just been nitpicking on your new friends place. I dare say those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones 😉

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  8. good idea to find out how our players go in there games,better than trying to check all the rags to see how they have stood up injury wise as it is a worry well done toonsy 😉

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  9. Blimey, anyone else seen that a guy died at the England v Wales match yesterday? Cardiff fan apparently, who’d been fighting with Swansea lads..

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  10. The sad part is that, over at Dot Com, the same typo “Dhakar” popped up in one of the blog posts. Funny, if you’re going to copy and paste someone else’s work, please be sure to at least check the typos. Wankers.

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  11. dani m………dont be such a cok end man.. this is a footy blog, my typos are prob the worst on here but who gives a toss.. go and join a thespian blog or something ffs…

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  12. Aye Dani, why don’t you check the post time against the first comments on this article? Think you’ll find this one came first, fucking muppet.

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  13. Lads don’t worry about it. I’d love to sometimes let people behind the scenes of the site though so they can see just how long some of these articles take to put together. It’s far from the copy and paste job you get elsewhere 🙂

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  14. And whilst we’re on about copy and paste, there is very little about in the way of news isn’t there? No soundbites from Pardew or anyone really 😕

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  15. Dani you seem to be a grade A [email protected] it must be shit when you try to be a smart ass and dont even have the brains to check the time’s.
    Batty there is fuk all wrong with your typos mate, atleast no one could fake you on here

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  16. Toonsy @ 19,

    haha! I hate 3 things, liars, theives and hypocrites.

    Although thieves are alright if I get my Stone Island 50% cheaper and I don’t find out where it came from.

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  17. Moreno – I like being a hypocrite at work only. For example passengers from Newcastle get A* star treatment whilst passengers on the same bus from Sunderland get treat like shit 😆

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  18. My starting XI for Queen’s Park Retirement Home…

    Ba. Best.
    Jonas. CLASS. Obertan.
    Tiote.
    Class. Coloccini. Saylor. Simpson.
    Krul

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  19. Toon Chicken – I like your starting XI, especially playing CLASS and Class!. They sure are class players!

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  20. TC – Shouldn’t we have class up front next to Best? Think you got his name wrong?

    Also what about when class gets back to full fitness?

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  21. Toon chicken, shouldn’t Santon be playing though? I mean, I know Ryan Taylor is the first lad on our team sheet nowadays but even so..

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  22. Sorry Toonsy – you’re right. Just for you… here’s my strongest starting XI…

    …………………….Best in Class…………………….
    El Classico…Fooking Proper Class…Obertan
    …………….BA Bara-class..CLASS……………..
    Class……Curly Class……Saylor……Simpson
    …………………………Klash………………………….

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  23. Anyone know if Tiote played for his country in the last break, if not i expect him to be champing at the bit for Monday after his post Ramadan break.

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  24. Robert – It took me ages to try and find something but I couldn’t find out the starting line-up. The closest thing I found was that Ivory Coast beat Rwanda 5-0 on Monday but I couldn’t find the line ups to go with it.

    This is where somebody just pops up and says “here ya go” with a nice little link after just a few minutes 😆

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  25. CC – Took them off because they were using up a load of resources. You can still do them but you need to do it the old way :mrgreen:

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  26. Ice – Pardew was in Switzerland last night watching them play Bulgaria.

    Think there’s a pre-match presser scheduled for tomorrow though.

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  27. who will be our manger for the qpr game? seems ap must be dead or something.. not one single world in a week hahahahahaha… must be the first time in his life..
    Carver shocked me when he said AP was away scouting players for january ffs.. does he not think we have been bullshitted enough in the last three months??

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