Jamaal Lascelles will find out his fate this week.
On Thursday, Gareth Southgate reveals his squad for the two friendlies this month, away to Holland on Friday (23 March) and then home to Italy on Tuesday 27 March.
Showing excellent form throughout the season and putting in a very commanding display against Southampton on Saturday, the Newcastle Captain couldn’t have done much more to put himself in the frame.
Asked two weeks ago about the possibility of making the plane to Russia, Jamaal Lascelles said ‘If I keep doing my job (for Newcastle), I do think I have a good chance.’
The first step towards having any chance of making the squad for the finals, Lascelles surely needs to be named in the squad to be announced this week.
In the meantime five other Newcastle players have been called up by their respective countries.
Matt Ritchie, Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark are set to join up with Scotland and Ireland respectively.
Meanwhile, two players who are set to go to Russia are out on loan.
Aleksandar Mitrovic called up for the latest Serbian squad, whilst Henri Saivet has been named in the Senegal squad.
When Mohamed Diame announced some time ago that he was retiring from international football, it was met with some derision considering his form at the time.
However, the last couple of months at Newcastle have seen a very different player, who would surely be an asset to Senegal if he changed his mind.
Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot
Friday 23 March Turkey v Republic of Ireland
Friday 23 March Scotland v Costa Rica
Tuesday 27 March Hungary v Scotland
Friday 23 March Serbia v Morocco
Tuesday 27 March Serbia v Nigeria
Thursday 22 March Senegal v Uzbekistan
Monday 26 March Senegal v Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jamaal Lascelles – 28 February 2018:
“It would be great, but the only way I can get there, is to put in consistent performances for Newcastle, my (only) focus is on staying up.
“It is every kid’s dream to play for England, of course, but I know I have no chance if I am not giving my absolute all to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
“The England manager has his set players – he has centre-halves who have been established in the Premier League for some time and I think it will take a lot to edge them out.
“If I keep doing my job though, I do think I have a good chance.
“I would never have thought when I came (to Newcastle) that one day I would be captain of this great football club…for me it has happened quick.
“Since the manager has come in, things have been on the rise, for not only the club but also for the city and me as well.
“He showed a lot of trust in me to give me the armband when I was just 22 – II can only thank him and I definitely feel like I have developed as a player, as a person, since he has been in charge here.
“If people would have asked us in the summer if we would want to be where we are at this stage of the season, a lot of people would have said ‘yeah’.
“We are in a good position, even if we have been frustrated a lot this season, we just need to keep working hard and trusting the manager.”