Following our commanding victory over Burnley, our players travelled the world to represent their countries. In this article we review which International Magpies were in action, and how they fared.
Starting off with the main winner from the recent international break, Ryan Fraser appeared in great form as Scotland went unbeaten in their 3 fixtures.
Scoring the winning goal and picking up the Man of the Match award during Scotland’s 1-0 win over Czech Republic, the tricky winger is surely on the brisk of a Premier League start.
- Scotland 0-0 (5-3) Israel (W) – Subbed on 83″
- Scotland 1-0 Slovakia (W) – Subbed Off 85″
- Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic (W) – Subbed Off 70″
The international break was filled with mixed fortunes for Jamal Lewis. Kicking off the trio of fixtures with a penalty shootout win over Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify for the Euro 2020 Play Offs finals, Northern Ireland then slumped to two defeats.
With the extended game time in the first fixture, Lewis put in a below par display as Northern Ireland were dominated by Austria.
The full back was then excluded from the final matchday squad, with concern over an injury with his achilles. He is deemed to be touch and go for our Premier League fixture against Manchester United.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-1 (3-4) Northern Ireland (W) – Played Full Match
- Northern Ireland 0-1 Austria (L) – Played Full Match
- Norway 1-0 Northern Ireland (L) – Not in Squad
If you thought Newcastle played boring football, you haven’t watched Ireland. Goalless in all 3 of their fixtures there was not much opportunity for Magpie, Jeff Hendrick to shine.
The midfielder came close to finding the next against Finland, but saw his shot blocked in the 12th minute. That’s all there is to say on his international break…
- Slovakia 0-0 (4-2) Ireland (L) – Played Full Match
- Ireland 0-0 Wales (D) – Played Full Match
- Finland 1-0 Ireland (L) – Subbed Off 75″
The Newcastle winger certainly knew he was back in South America as he received a people’s elbow direct to the jaw in his teams 2-2 draw with Peru.
The opposing player escaping with a yellow card and a warning as Miggy was deemed okay to continue playing.
He was distinctively lively for Paraguay in both of their fixtures, picking up 90 minutes in both of the countries fixtures.
- Paraguay 2-2 Peru (D) – Subbed Off 90″
- Venezuela 0-1 Paraguay (W) – Subbed Off 90″
With a shoulder injury causing the Swiss defender to miss a large chunk of Premier League playing time this season, he carried a degree of rustiness into his international fxtures.
Unfortunately for Schar, opponents Croatia, Spain, and Germany were not ideal candidates to get himself back up to speed.
He played poorly throughout all 3 games as Switzerland remained winless. The pinnacle of Schar’s bad form came in their final fixture against Germany.
At fault to some degree for all 3 German goals, he was then sent marching in the 93rd minute for a second yellow card.
With criticism already heading his way in the North East for a poor end to last season, he needs to quickly turn things around if he is to have a successful season in black and white ahead.
- Switzerland 1-2 Croatia (L) – Subbed Off 76″
- Spain 1-0 Switzerland (L) – Played Full Match
- Germany 3-3 Switzerland (D) – Sent Off 93″
It was a fairly quiet international break for Swedish right back, Emil Krafth. Picking up his only game time during Sweden’s first game, he was an unused substitute against both Croatia and Portugal.
Of course the main talking point from the below fixtures was the positive Covid test for Portugal’s main man, Cristiano Ronaldo. It is yet to be seen whether this will have a knock-on effect for fellow countryman Bruno Fernandes, who of course is integral to Saturday’s opponents.
- Russia 1-2 Sweden (W) – Subbed Off 61″
- Croatia 2-1 Sweden (L) – Unused Substitute
- Portugal 3-0 Sweden (L) – Unused Substitute
Lets hope the boys are fully fit to take on a wounded Manchester United team tomorrow evening!
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