Satka On Standby
Written by Newcastle Utd
Young defender Lubo Satka, 17, has been placed on standby for Slovakia's under-21 squad for two games this month
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 nÃ¡hradnÃci (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 (MÅ K Å½ilina), Dobrivoj Rusov (FC Spartak Trnava), Norbert GyÃ¶mbÃ©r (FK Dukla BanskÃ¡ Bystrica), LukÃ¡Å¡ Pauschek (Å K Slovan Bratislava), DÃ¡vid HudÃ¡k (Å K Slovan Bratislava), KristiÃ¡n KoÅ¡trna (Wolverhampton Wanderers), RÃ³bert MazÃ¡Åˆ (AS TrenÄÃn), Michal Å kvarka (FC ViOn ZlatÃ© Moravce), Richard LÃ¡sik (Brescia Calcio), Jakub Paur (MÅ K Å½ilina), Jaroslav MihÃ¡lik (MÅ K Å½ilina), Matej Kochan (Å½P Å port PodbrezovÃ¡), Patrik HroÅ¡ovskÃ½ (FK ÃšstÃ nad Labem), Stanislav Lobotka (AS TrenÄÃn), Jakub VojtuÅ¡ (NK Zagreb), Karol MÃ©szÃ¡ros (Å K Slovan Bratislava), Filip OrÅ¡ula (Wigan Athletic), Ivan Schranz (FC Spartak Trnava).
Standby: TomÃ¡Å¡ LeÅ¡ÅˆovskÃ½ (MFK RuÅ¾omberok), Michal HabÃ¡nek (FC Spartak Trnava), Lubo Satka (Newcastle United), Jakub Bartek (1. FC Tatran PreÅ¡ov), Michal Janec (MFK), Tatran LiptovskÃ½ MikulÃ¡Å¡), Adam Ambra (U.C. AlbinoLeffe), Milan Å kriniar (MÅ K Å½ilina), Peter LupÄo (MÅ K Å½ilina), Milan LalkoviÄ (Vitoria SC), Martin Bukata (MFK KoÅ¡ice), Å imon Å mehÃ½l (FC Nitra), TomÃ¡Å¡ Malec (MFK Tatran LiptovskÃ½ MikulÃ¡Å¡), MatÃºÅ¡ Marcin (1. FC Tatran PreÅ¡ov), Marek Å ovÄÃk (FK Dukla BanskÃ¡ Bystrica).