By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United youngster Lubo Satka has been placed on standby for Slovakia's under-21 squad for two friendly matches in Portugal this month.
The cultured defender, who turned 17 in November, has previously represented his country up to under-19 level and is the youngest of the náhradníci (back-up) players for the games on 15th and 17th January.
Since joining the Magpies from Dubnica last summer, he has made six Barclays Under-21 Premier League starts this term and was quickly promoted from the Academy at Little Benton to the first-team training ground.
Although he is sitting exams this month and as such is unlikely to be called up, this latest international recognition is another indication of how highly Satka is rated and comes after some impressive performances in European Under-19 Championships qualifiers.
The full Slovakia under-21 squad is:
Patrik Le Giang (MŠK Žilina), Dobrivoj Rusov (FC Spartak Trnava), Norbert Gyömbér (FK Dukla Banská Bystrica), Lukáš Pauschek (ŠK Slovan Bratislava), Dávid Hudák (ŠK Slovan Bratislava), Kristián Koštrna (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Róbert Mazáň (AS Trenčín), Michal Škvarka (FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce), Richard Lásik (Brescia Calcio), Jakub Paur (MŠK Žilina), Jaroslav Mihálik (MŠK Žilina), Matej Kochan (ŽP Šport Podbrezová), Patrik Hrošovský (FK Ústí nad Labem), Stanislav Lobotka (AS Trenčín), Jakub Vojtuš (NK Zagreb), Karol Mészáros (ŠK Slovan Bratislava), Filip Oršula (Wigan Athletic), Ivan Schranz (FC Spartak Trnava).
Standby: Tomáš Lešňovský (MFK Ružomberok), Michal Habánek (FC Spartak Trnava), Lubo Satka (Newcastle United), Jakub Bartek (1. FC Tatran Prešov), Michal Janec (MFK), Tatran Liptovský Mikuláš), Adam Ambra (U.C. AlbinoLeffe), Milan Škriniar (MŠK Žilina), Peter Lupčo (MŠK Žilina), Milan Lalkovič (Vitoria SC), Martin Bukata (MFK Košice), Šimon Šmehýl (FC Nitra), Tomáš Malec (MFK Tatran Liptovský Mikuláš), Matúš Marcin (1. FC Tatran Prešov), Marek Šovčík (FK Dukla Banská Bystrica).