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