Demba Ba

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Demba Ba and Tamas Kadar both helped their countries record big wins on Friday - while United were also boosted by Yohan Cabaye's involvement in France's latest international friendly.

Ba played as Senegal beat Guinea 4-1 while Kadar won his second full cap with a 90 minute appearance as Hungary beat Liechtenstein 5-0.

Cabaye, meanwhile, was an unused substitute for France in their 1-0 win over the USA - but his involvement in the squad offers hope for Newcastle that he will be available to face Manchester City in United's next game.

The midfielder came off in the first half of the Magpies' win over Everton with a groin injury, but linked up with Les Bleus to be assessed by their medical staff.

And he was deemed fit enough to be named in Laurent Blanc's squad, even though he did not take to the pitch as Loic Remy scored the game's only goal at the Stade de France.

Also restricted to a watching brief was Tim Krul, who was an unused substitute for Holland in a 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

Roma's Maarten Stekelenburg started in goal and kept a clean sheet in the dour friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Joan Edmundsson played the whole game as Faroe Islands' under-21 side lost 1-0 in Macedonia in a European Under-21 Championships qualifying match.

It was the hosts' first competitive win in 11 games.