There were seven Newcastle players who went into this international break still retaining hopes of going to the Russia 2018 World Cup.

For two United stars it was the end of the road but for the other five they still have the dream alive.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Played all 90 minutes for Serbia in a 3-2 defeat to Austria and failed to guarantee a spot in Russia.

A win at home to Georgia tonight would confirm qualification, whilst a draw might be enough to ensure they don’t have to drop into the play-offs, depending on what happens in the Wales v Republic of Ireland match on Monday night.

Ciaran Clark

Played all 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland beat Moldova 2-0 on Friday night.

A win tonight in Wales would guarantee at least a play-off spot, whilst combined with a Serbia defeat would mean automatic qualification

Rob Elliot

Same as Ciaran Clark above but Elliot was an unused sub on Friday.

Matt Ritchie

Left out of the squad with a knock, the Newcastle winger watched his international teammates throw away a play-off spot.

A last minute 1-0 win over Slovakia on Thursday meant a win in Slovenia would guarantee a play-off spot but despite taking the lead last night, Scotland ended up drawing 2-2 to end their Russia 2018 hopes.

Christian Atsu

The winger was not involved with Ghana due to an ongoing knee problem and after his international colleagues could only manage a 0-0 draw in Uganda on Saturday, a win for Egypt on Sunday would make it impossible for them to qualify. An injury time penalty from Liverpool’s Salah saw Egypt defeat Congo 2-1 and they now qualify with a match to spare, whilst Ghana have nothing left to play for.

DeAndre Yedlin

Played all 90 minutes as USMNT won 4-0 win against Panama in Orlando and this means a win over bottom of the group Trinidad and Tobago in the early hours of Wednesday (UK time) will ensure automatic qualification, a draw may also be enough depending on results elsewhere.

Chancel Mbemba

The DR Congo star sees his World Cup hopes hanging  by a thread. The Newcastle defender helped his side to a 2-1 away victory over Libya but group leaders Tunisia won 4-1 away at Guinea. The final group games are on 6 November and if Tunisia get a point or better at home to Libya, it will make DR Congo’s home result against Guinea irrelevant, as Mbemba’s team currently trail by three points with one round of matches to go.



  • Mark Spark

    Ever since Micheal Owen,Im glad when our players dont get picked for there countries,which im a bit ashamed about it because its an important acheivement for players and I should really be supporting them and glad for them.

  • Mxpx

    Lascelles has every chance to be in the England squad too if you ask me shelvey is a bit of a long shot but could be a great option for England if given a chance if he keeps his nose clean the rest of the season and keeps his quality where it has been he could still get into the squad probably needs to score a high profile goal or two

  • Philippines

    I am sure fans in many clubs are relieved when their star players don’t have to take the injury risks of the international games.

  • Leicester Mag

    Feel sorry for Richie even when fit the carrot topped gnome still doesn’t pick him

  • MadMag83

    Wonder if Dummett will come out of international retirement should Coleman go? Pleased for Clark and co, makes it more interesting to watch the games when one of our players is involved.