Three weeks without a game for Newcastle fans is a bit of a nightmare.

The fact Rafa’s players beat Southampton was a bit of a lifesaver, as enduring these three football-free weeks would have been even more unbearable if it had been anything other than three points.

At least starting Thursday (tomorrow) there is something of interest for Newcastle fans.

The international friendlies start kicking off and there are a number of NUFC players involved.

Here are the day by day dates of those games that could feature Newcastle players, as well as the two England matches if you are interested…

Thursday 22 March 2018

Algeria v Iran – Islam Slimani

UAE v Slovakia Martin Dubravka

Uzbekistan v Senegal – Henri Saivet

Northern Ireland v Spain (Under 21s) – Mikel Merino

Friday 23 March

Scotland v Costa Rica – Matt Ritchie

Morocco v Serbia Aleksandar Mitrovic

Turkey v Republic of Ireland – Ciaran Clark

Holland v England

Saturday 24 March

England (Under 21s) v Romania – Freddie Woodman

Sunday 25 March 2018

Thailand v Slovakia – Martin Dubravka

Monday 26 March

Bosnia & Herzegovina v Senegal – Henri Saivet

Tanzania v DR Congo – Cancel Mbemba

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Algeria v Costa Rica – Islam Slimani

Hungary v Scotland – Matt Ritchie

Nigeria v SerbiaAleksandar Mitrovic

USA v  Paraguay – DeAndre Yedlin

Spain (Under 21s) v Estonia – Mikel Merino

England (Under 21s) v Ukraine – Freddie Woodman

England v Italy