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Five Newcastle United players have been called up for international duty later this month

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Five Newcastle United players have been called up for international duty later this month.

Yohan CabayePapiss CisseDemba BaCheick Tiote and Haris Vuckic will represent their respective nations in a variety of friendlies, World Cup qualifiers and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

On Friday, 12th October, Cabaye's France entertain Japan in Paris in friendly action, just four days before Les Bleus travel to Spain to take on the World and European champions in a World Cup qualifier.

Vuckic will be hoping to build on his one senior cap for Slovenia as they face a double header of World Cup qualifiers.

First up is a home tie against Cyprus in Maribor, followed on Tuesday, 16th October, by a trip to Albania where they will play at the Qemal Stafa Stadium, in Tirana.

Magpies fans are certain to have one eye on the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Senegal and Ivory Coast in Dakar on Saturday, 13th October.

Strike duo Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have been named in a youthful Lions of Teranga squad, which is hoping to overturn a 4-2 first-leg deficit.

And in the opposing party is Cheick Tiote, who will be attempting to lead the Elephants to January's tournament at the expense of his Tyneside teammates.

Meanwhile, summer signing Curtis Good will travel to Portugal for a training camp with the Australia Under 20 squad, and youngster Alex Nicholson is part of the Wales Under 19 set-up which will play three matches in Slovenia.


October International Call-Ups (in squad number order)

Yohan Cabaye (France)
Friday, 12th October, 2012 - Japan (h) (Stade de France, Paris), friendly
Tuesday, 16th October, 2012 - Spain (a) (Bernabeu, Madrid), 2014 World Cup qualifier

Papiss Cisse (Senegal)
Saturday, 13th October, 2012 - Ivory Coast (h) (Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar), 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

Demba Ba (Senegal)
Saturday, 13th October, 2012 - Ivory Coast (h) (Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar), 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Saturday, 13th October, 2012 - Senegal (a) (Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar), 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

Haris Vuckic (Slovenia)
Friday, 12th October, 2012 - Cyprus (h) (Ljudski vrt, Maribor), 2014 World Cup qualifier
Tuesday, 16th October, 2012 - Albania (a) (Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana), 2014 World Cup qualifier

Curtis Good (Australia Under 20)
Monday, 8th October, 2012 - training camp

Alex Nicholson (Wales Under 19)
Wednesday, 10th October, 2012 - Sweden (a) (SRC Bakovci, Slovenia), UEFA qualifier
Friday, 12th October, 2012 - Slovenia (a) (SRC Bakovci, Slovenia), UEFA qualifier
Monday 15th October, 2012 - Russia (a) (SRC Bakovci, Slovenia), UEFA qualifier