Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote is heading back to England after his Ivory Coast side was knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage.

The Ivorians failed to take anything from their game against Greece on Tuesday night, conceding a last minute penalty which ended their hopes of joining Colombia in the knockout stages.

Tiote played in all three games as the African side were beaten by Colombia before beating Japan, setting up the winner-takes-all clash against Greece.

It has been a better tournament for Newcastle’s French internationals though, as Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko cruised through to the last 16 as part of Didier Deschamps’ impressive-looking team.

Sissoko is playing in his favoured centre-midfield role and looks excellent in the middle. Hopefully Alan Pardew will be watching the powerful midfielder’s performances with a view to finally taking him off the right wing next season.

Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi came up against Lionel Messi last night as Nigeria played Argentina. The 32-year-old front man didn’t appear from the bench as Nigeria qualified in second place behind the South Americans.