Talking Points: International Call-Ups

The Coronavirus outbreak has had a huge impact in all aspects of life, including football. The Premier League has now been paused for over a month, while Euro 2020, has been postponed to 2021.

With the timeline extended until the next international tournament, there is an opportunity for some Newcastle United players to gain another year of experience, potentially bolstering their chances of an international call-up. It is also unknown how the competition will differ from previous editions, as we move into a world of new normals.

Will nations be afforded a larger squad in case players drop out? Could there be a potential for players to withdraw from the squad due to concerns over health and therefore provide opportunities to those may may have been just outside of selection?

Here we take a look at our current squad to pick out which players are on the fringes of an international call-up.

Isaac Hayden

The first Newcastle United player that has an outside chance at making an appearance at the Euro’s is Isaac Hayden.

Isaac Hayden would provide the defensive cover we need in the England midfield

Although England have an abundance of talent in midfield, I believe Hayden is the best English defensive midfielder at present.

Eric Dier and Declan Rice have both been utilised by Gareth Southgate in the anchoring position in the England midfield but these really do not inspire me. With us reaching the semi-final of the world cup, we should be aiming to reach the last four of the Euros, and I believe Hayden can help reinforce our midfield area, even if entering the pitch as a substitute to help close out games.

Jamaal Lascelles

The Newcastle captain has been performing to a consistently good level since our return to the Premier League, benefitting from a vast amount of experience of playing in Southgate’s preferred three man defensive backline.

Jamaal Lascelles would fit straight into Gareth Southgate’s three man backline.

With Harry Maguire being the only guaranteed starter in the center of our defense, I believe the other two positions are up for grabs. John Stones’ career seems to have fallen off a cliff, while both Tyrone Mings and Fikayo Tomori are lacking experience at the top level.

Lascelles is therefore within touching distance of an international call up, and at 26 years of age, will soon be entering his prime. The leadership qualities he possesses, alongside his no nonsense style of defending will surely have caught the attention of the England manager.

Allan Saint-Maximin

The Frenchman is arguably the most talented player at Newcastle United. The tricky winger has proven to be an astute signing, immediately settling in to the Premier league.

Allan Saint-Maximin did not take long to settle into the Premier League since making the switch from Ligue 1

Allan Saint-Maximin has represented the French national team at all youth levels, from the Under 16’s to the Under 21’s. The main obstacle from the Newcastle winger earning a international cap, is the plethora of talent in the French national team.

The Frenchman would have to rival the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Kingsley Coman, and Thomas Lemar for a squad place.

With this in mind, Euro 2021 may come too early for the 23 year old, but if his performances continue to improve, we could see our tricky winger sporting his famous headband on the international stage.

Honourable Mentions

I dont think you can write an article on Newcastle United players potentailly earning an international call-up without including the Longstaff brothers.

Although Euro 2021 will surely come too soon for the Geordie brothers, I believe with the right management and support, we could see the two local lads representing England in the future.

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