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There have been international call-ups for Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Curtis Good

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Fabricio Coloccini has been called up to the Argentina squad for their international friendly against Saudi Arabia in November.

United's captain has been in typically superb form so far this campaign, and has been rewarded for his impressive displays at the heart of the Magpies' defence with a chance to win his 35th cap.

Argentina face Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Wednesday, 14th November - in between Newcastle's home fixtures against West Ham United and Swansea City.

Also on international duty that week will be African trio Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote.

Strikers Cisse and Ba are part of the Senegal squad which will travel to Niger for a friendly on Wednesday, 14th November, while on the same day, Tiote's Ivory Coast are away at Austria in friendly action.

Teenage Australian defender Curtis Good will represent the Young Socceroos at the forthcoming AFC Under 19 Championships, in United Arab Emirates.

Australia have been drawn in Group D and will take on Qatar this Sunday, before facing Syria (Tuesday, 6th November) and then Saudi Arabia (Thursday, 8th November)

The top two teams from each group will progress to the knockout stage, which begins with the quarter-finals and all four semi-finalists will automatically qualify for the FIFA Under 20 World Cup, which will be held in Turkey in June/July 2013.


November International Call-Ups (in squad number order)

Fabricio Coloccini (Argentina)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 - Saudi Arabia (a) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), friendly

Papiss Cisse (Senegal)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012  - Niger (a) (Stade Général Seyni Kountché), friendly

Demba Ba (Senegal)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012  - Niger (a) (Stade Général Seyni Kountché), friendly

Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012  - Austria (a) (Linz), friendly

Curtis Good (Australia Young Socceroos)
Sunday, 4th November, 2012 - Qatar (a) (Fujairah, United Arab Emirates), AFC Under 19 Championships
Tuesday, 6th November, 2012 - Syria (a) (Fujairah, United Arab Emirates), AFC Under 19 Championships
Thursday, 8th November, 2012 - Saudi Arabia (Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates), AFC Under 19 Championships