Aleksandar Mitrovic has cut a frustrated figure this season at St James Park but was hoping that his national team could give him a form of release from the disappointments at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle number 45 was named in this Serbia starting 11 vs Georgia for a 5pm kick-off on Friday:

Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Maksimovic, Kolarov, Rukavina, Obradovic, Milivojevic, Matic, Kostic, Tadic, Mitrovic

Serbia gave away a shocking early goal but Tadic equalised before half-time.

Then on 63 minutes came the moment, a brilliant winner by Mitrovic, struck right-footed from outside the box (watch it below!).

Mitro was then subbed with 20 minutes left and a late Serbia goal made it 3-1 at the end.

Serbia now head European Group A with 11 points, then Ireland on 10 and Wales on 6, that pair play tonight in Dublin.

The previous two internationals saw Mitrovic score three goals, two in the 3-2 victory in Austria, as well as the goal that secured a 1-1 draw in Wales.

With goals last summer in friendlies against Russia and Cyprus, the Newcastle United number 45 now has six goals in his last six international appearances

Aleksandar Mitrovic this week talking ahead of the Georgia game::

“We play in a very demanding league (Championship) – a lot of training and a lot of hard work.

“I may not have played in the (recent) games but I have trained hard, I played in a few (previously) but it has not worked out how I wanted it to in those games.

“The last time I played with the international team I was not a regular at my club but I contributed goals (scored the goal that got Serbia a draw in Wales) in the national team and I was ready.

“Playing for my country gives me all the motivation to train well.

 “I have Newcastle teammates (Dummett, Clark, Murphy, Elliot) from Wales and Ireland who said that their matches against Georgia have been the most difficult in qualifying.

“They (Georgia) have quality, especially in attack, and can be dangerous if you give them the space…we need to go into the match thinking that we are playing against one of the greats.”



  • Natturner26

    Funny how our two biggest International stars can’t get in Rafa’s team. What a mighty squad we must have.

    • Damon Horner

      I agree. Gayle keeping his place in the team with only 20 goals so far is madness.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    watched the game it was a cracking goal, he went off with a slight knock

  • Leicester Mag

    Here’s a wild thought play both Mitrovic and Gayle ??

    • 1957

      It would mean dropping Diame and Perez. Never happen under Benitez, except when things look really desperate e.g. Norwich at home, it didn’t work then…did it?

  • ExtremelyNEW

    6 goals in the last 6 games just goes to show the guy can score goals. Just like he scored 45 goals for Anderlecht in 2 seasons including goals against Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League so why isn’t he scoring for Newcastle.. Well in my opinion it’s the lack of service

    • TheNutJob

      he`s got better players along side him in the Serb team

    • thewildchimp

      And the system. He obviously has more space and is not pressured to play fast for his national team, unlike in current NU. He is, basically, forced to emulate Gayle.

      • imrevaradi

        rubbish he can’t emulate Gayle in any way.. he’s a liability our world class manager is not wrong..
        even Goufran was ahead of him to lead line against Brighton..
        I rest my case..

  • Blackburn1066

    I have a black and white wooly hat under the stairs in our house if Mitroprick ever becomes a center forward I will eat the hat. He is slow , he cannot trap the ball, never goes for goal,

    • Popnbgd

      should think twice before you made that lame statement.You are going to eat that ridiculous hat of yours!Mitro is extremely young,big fighter and physically very strong!He’s got great skills and doesn’t lack bravery!And even if his pace might not be stellar,he has all the qualities to become the legendary striker!No reason to be negative Nancy!!!You might prefer different type of striker,nothing wrong with that,but your judgment of Mitro sounds too harsh

      • imrevaradi

        what have you seen to make you think Mitro can be a (legendary) striker? for me he’s a fist pumping, badge slapping liability who’s failed to make it in premier & worse the championship this season..

        • Cuh736

          Failed to make it in the premier league? You expected him to carry an underperforming team in his first year in England at age 20? Asides Wijnaldum, who scored more goals than Mitro? The lad who bosses Chelsea’s defence to win every aerial ball… stepped up when we had penalties…

          How soon you forget

        • Popnbgd

          hold your horses mate!don’t be a hater!

          • imrevaradi

            don’t hate anyone..
            just my opinion & Rafa’s by looks of things..

          • Popnbgd

            Well…Opinion is like an ass..le!Everyone has one.Rafa cardinal mistake was to leave Mitro out of starting squad,after his great scoring run at the beginning of season.Young lad scored 7 goals in consecutive 5 games,including national team and NCU.He was left out of starting squad for weeks.This can have very bed consequences for a young lad confidence and belief and definitely creates pressure!Rafa killed his momentum!Not a way to coach young player!

          • imrevaradi

            OK we get it you love Missrovic..
            Who are NCU??
            & bed conciquences??

          • Popnbgd

            NCU is Newcastle United. And bad consequences means poor results of an action or bad outcome.anything else?

          • imrevaradi

            Us Geordies say NUFC or the toon..
            we will win the league without Missrovic watch his performance at Oxford away totally embarrassing..
            £14 million down the drain.
            In Rafa we trust.
            HTL

          • Popnbgd

            This is not about love.It’s about facts

        • Popnbgd

          I am fan of partizan Belgrade.I followed him since he was 16.He was the best player of European championship U19 when Serbia won the title.He was a key player for generation that also won World Cup U20.He started playing for Serbia senior national team at the age of 19 and he is brilliant for Serbia,always scoring crucial goals…I followed him in Anderleht and cetera….

      • Blackburn1066

        Nancy! would have done a better job than him

    • imrevaradi

      I agree.. give me 34 year old Murphy every time..

    • Cuh736

      A striker must not be a 100m dash champion. I don’t know why people don’t get this

      • thewildchimp

        Because of the pundits. Real, Barca and Bayern play fast-paced games, both in possession and on the counter, so suddenly every single team in the world has to.
        I like how everybody is dissing 4-4-2 “because it’s slow” and Ranieri won using it with Leicester, no less, utilising Vardy’s great speed to full extent.

    • Humble

      So how did he score last nightif he never goes for goal stupid commen

    • ExtremelyNEW

      Did you see the replay he did exactly the opposite of what your saying he can’t. What a ridiculous comment

  • Wor Monga

    I’m waiting with baited breath for it to happen for this lad…he’s toned down the stupid aggression …which had to happen, and we know he’s physically right, and good in the air yet he’s missed a boatload of decent chances this season…

    …but, anybody who could take that pass behind them on the run, turn…and finish like that…is a quality striker make no bones about it…nothing a defender can do about it!!!

  • Vodkamagpie

    Sell mitrovic, the highest transfer fee possible would be if we get promoted, and he scores goals for his country, that’s what the club are banking on, so pre season he will be gone, hopefully around the 20Mil mark. Talking about strikers, we should sell gayle, Murphy, and loan out Armstrong to Blackburn if they avoid relegation, and sell him the following season after he becomes the leading scorer in the championship.

    • NUFC

      Why sell all our strikers?

      • Vodkamagpie

        Because we need better quality strikers, actually, we need a better front 3, in a 343 formation

        • Carlson Leung

          Should we get C Ronaldo, Messi, & Bale? Be real. Howay the lads

          • Vodkamagpie

            Plenty of attacking players in the world, we just need to find 3 of them, attackers that, at the end of the next season will attract interest from the top 6 clubs, and I don’t see mitrovic, Murphy, gayle doing that.

          • Damon Horner

            What if we do this… and none of them are as good as the scouting reports suggested? What do we do for goals?

            It’s a needless risk mate.

          • Vodkamagpie

            It’s more of a risk by not doing anything. We have a world class manager, he will know what type of players he wants upfront, hopefully world class ones

          • Damon Horner

            Not a case of not doing anything, you just have to be realistic. World Class players don’t grow in the garden mate. If we want an assured Premier League striker we’re paying a good whack for it.

            As they say, Rome was built in a day and to consolidate next season a lot of the current crop will do.

          • Vodkamagpie

            Maybe I should rephrase it, world class does seem abit drastic, more high quality players that are extremely well thought of, and potential players that can be be extremely thought of in the future. I am not a scout, but if I was I could easily find better players than we currently have, no doubt, therefore there is no reason to keep players in our squad that will not benefit the club, whether that be on the the field or off.

          • thewildchimp

            He is a world class manager, but he isn’t Jesus Christ. And our scouts are far from England class, let alone world…

  • rory

    So many ridiculous comments. Mitro has 12 more years at least in his career. Stop with the pathetic comments about him not being good enough, he hasn’t played enough for people to judge like that. He is joint 7th top score in Europe for the World Cup qualifiers.