Yohan Cabaye

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

France made it three wins out of three in their Euro 2012 warm-up games and, ominously for England who they face in their opening game of the tournament, they seem to be getting better and better.

Yohan Cabaye started while Hatem Ben Arfa emerged from the bench as Les Blues beat Estonia 4-0 in Le Mans, having seen off Iceland and Serbia last month.

Midfielder Cabaye hit the post and oozed class during his 51-minute run-out, while Ben Arfa was a 73rd minute substitute on Tuesday night.

At the weekend, several Magpies players were in action for their countries - with mixed results.

Papiss Cisse was again named captain of Senegal on Sunday as they faced Liberia in his hometown of Dakar - not a bad way to celebrate his 27th birthday. The striker did miss a first-half penalty but provided an assist in a 3-1 win in a World Cup qualifier.

Meanwhile Cheick Tiote helped Ivory Coast to a 2-0 qualifying success over Tanzania, and played for 67 minutes.

On Saturday, Tim Krul and Shane Ferguson were denied the chance to come up against each other as Krul was an unused substitute for Holland's home friendly against Northern Ireland.

Ferguson started for the visitors - but was on the wrong end of a 6-0 defeat and conceded a penalty for an unfortunate handball in the first half. He was substituted after 81 minutes of what was his third senior cap.

At under-21 level, Davide Santon captained Italy in a 2-2 draw against the Republic of Ireland in a European Championship qualifier on Monday, playing the whole game at right-back.

And Tamas Kadar, who will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month, appeared as a 69th minute substitute for Hungary in a 0-0 friendly draw against the Republic of Ireland's senior side.