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Curtis Makes Socceroos Bow

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Curtis Good made his senior debut for Australia, and a round-up of United's other international stars

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Curtis Good made his senior debut for Australia in a 4-3 friendly defeat against Ecuador on Tuesday night.

The young Newcastle United defender, who is currently on loan at Dundee United until the end of the season, was a surprise inclusion in the Socceroos squad for the fixture at Millwall's New Den.

And Good - who only turned 21 on Saturday - was thrown straight in from the off by national head coach Ange Postecoglou alongside experienced campaigners like Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinac.

The left-sided starlet has previously represented Australia at under-19 and under-20 level.

Good played for 68 minutes of a thrilling match which saw Ecuador come from three goals down to triumph.

Elsewhere, Mathieu Debuchy helped France keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 friendly victory over Holland in Paris.

The right-back played for all but three minutes of a match which was settled by first half strikes from Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi.

Tyneside teammate Loic Remy came off the substitutes' bench for the final 22 minutes, while Moussa Sissoko got eight minutes of action.

In Brussels, Cheick Tiote and the Ivory Coast fought from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Belgium. Newcastle's vice-captain played the full 90 minutes and was booked in stoppage time. 

United striker Papiss Cisse turned out for Senegal but was unable to find the back of the net as the Lions of Teranga played out a 1-1 draw with Mali.

Shane Ferguson was a second-half substitute for Northern Ireland in a stalemate away in Cyprus. The left-winger, who is on a season-long loan at Birmingham City, replaced Niall McGinn with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Finally, Shola Ameobi was an unused replacement as Nigeria played out a goalless draw with Mexico in Atlanta.