Newcastle United had six internationals on duty on Friday night, with Steve McClaren anxiously waiting to see how who was and wasn’t involved.
Down in Cardiff, three Newcastle players were involved (Anita having been dropped from the initial larger squad) in the Wales v Holland friendly encounter.
Daryl Janmaat played the full game as the Dutch won 3-2, Holland opened the scoring when Janmaat’s right wing cross was headed home by supposed one-time United target Bas Dost.
The 65th minute saw Paul Dummett enter the action with Holland leading 2-1, then Gini Wijnaldum was brought on at 3-2 for the last few minutes of injury time.
Rob Elliot wasn’t involved in Bosnia of course but ahead of the home leg when the Newcastle keeper could still potentially be involved, the Irish pulled off an excellent 1-1 draw.
Late goals by Robbie Brady (82 mins) and Dzeko (85mins) set up nicely Monday’s return in Dublin.
In Paris, Moussa Sissoko was an unused sub in the 2-0 win over Germany – Giroud and Gignac getting the goals.
Hatem Ben Arfa got the final 10 minutes as a late sub, whilst Yohan Cabaye appeared for the final few minutes off the bench as well.
Currently on loan at Millwall, left-back/winger Shane Ferguson played the final 20 minutes of Northern Ireland’s 1-0 win over Latvia.
Elsewhere, McClaren would have been more than happy to see Aleksandar Mitrovic sit out Serbia’s 4-1 thrashing in the Czech Republic, the striker an unused sub.