Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Yohan Cabaye played the full 90 minutes for France as they recorded a goalless friendly draw against Belgium on Tuesday night.

And the United midfielder's appearance at the Stade de France will be a huge boost for club boss Alan Pardew, as Cabaye proved his fitness having suffered a recent groin injury in the Magpies' recent match against Everton.

It was Cabaye's ninth cap for Les Bleus, having made his debut a year ago.

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul was an unused substitute as the Netherlands suffered a 3-0 defeat away at Germany in Hamburg.

Krul watched from the sidelines as efforts from Thomas Mueller, Miroslav Klose and Mesut Ozil sealed the friendly victory for the hosts against the 2010 World Cup runners-up.

Demba Ba's Senegal team did not play as originally scheduled, after their friendly against Ivory Coast was cancelled.

In Under 21 action, youngster Shane Ferguson got 79 minutes under his belt as Northern Ireland suffered a 2-0 home defeat against Serbia.

Two goals in the last ten minutes from Saša Marković and Nemanja Gudelj secured the win for the visitors, putting them top of Group 4 in the Euro 2013 qualifiers, and leaving Ferguson's Northern Ireland in fourth place, with four points from their five fixtures to date.

Group 7 saw two United defenders go head to head as Italy faced Hungary.

Davide Santon was an unused substitute, however, for the Italians, who triumphed 2-0 over a Hungary team for who Tamas Kadar played the full 90 minutes.