Moussa Sissoko picked up his latest international cap on Sunday night as France beat Denmark 2-1 away from home.
Olivier Giroud put the French two up and Denmark got some small consolation with a stunning late goal from Sviatchenko.
Despite not being involved with either goal, Moussa Sissoko was described like this in Goal.com’s match assessment:
“His stamina and drive was too much for Denmark to handle as he was a thorn in their side.”
Let’s hope the midfielder brings some of that home for starting with the Norwich match, as Newcastle fans have seen precious little drive from Moussa Sissoko for some time.
Whilst France as hosts are assured of their place in next year’s Euros, two Newcastle keepers found themselves in the news at the weekend.
Tim Krul has picked up a devastating cruciate ligament injury which the club have confirmed means he will miss all this season for Newcastle, whilst even if Holland qualified for France it looks pretty certain there would be no chance for Krul being there.
The United keeper helped Holland to that Saturday night win in Kazakhstan but Turkey’s victory in the Czech Republic means there is very little chance of the Dutch qualifying, Turkey going into the final match two points clear.
There were injury problems for Ireland with NUFC legend Shay Given forced off during the win against Germany, which led to a call-up for Newcastle’s Rob Elliot.
He sat on the bench on Sunday and watched a 2-1 defeat to Poland which means they will have to win through the play-offs.
In Serbia there was a typical feisty game, Portugal winning 2-1 and leaving Aleksandar Mitrovic and his country with only four points from their eight matches.
Mitrovic played for 85 minutes before being subbed, only a few minutes after the Serbs lost both Kolarov and Matic to red cards as the game escalated from the eight yellows already shown, including one for the Newcastle striker.
Thankfully, Aleksandar Mitrovic, along with Sissoko and Elliot appears to have come through the international break unscathed.