We are now in a 85 day period, where Newcastle fans will watch their team play only eight Premier League matches and England take part in six friendlies.

Yes, welcome to the international breaks, this is the Autumn of our discontent.

What it all comes down to is money.

The Premier League trying every trick in the book to make money by whatever means, whilst meanwhile nobody is keener than the FA in terms of packing in as many England games as possible, especially in England, to get the cash flowing into the coffers.

Apart from the actual finals of the World Cup and European Championships, England matches are aimed at a very distinct market, particularly the home games. People in the south east interested in going to an ‘event’ and tourists visiting London. Would love to know just how small a proportion of your typical England Wembley crowd travels from the north?

So basically, the proper football fans, who pay to watch week in week out at their respective clubs, face a two week break in September, the same in October and once again in November.

What is the point?

On Saturday England play in the ‘Nations League’, have a read up on it and you will be amazed at how much effort has gone into creating something so pointless. It is kind of like the Checkatrade Trophy of international football.

There is some kind of winner of the Nations League eventually…but the main carrot appears to be that there ends up being play-offs, which guarantees somebody qualifies for the finals of the 2020 European Championships from each of the four ‘leagues’ in play-offs.

However, these play-off games only happen once they find out which 20 countries have already qualified for the 2020 Euros from the normal qualifying groups, which run from March to November 2019.

What a mess.

Speaking of England, very little (nothing?) has been made of Jamaal Lascelles being ignored by England.

A popular feeling was that after missing out on this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, the Newcastle Captain could be part of a new era starting with this September squad, as the two year preparations start for those 2020 Euros.

Jonjo Shelvey was/is injured, so even if Gareth Southgate had reconsidered on him, he couldn’t have been involved anyway. However, for Lascelles to be once again overlooked, must be seen as a significant setback for the player.

Not wanting to encourage it at all but we then find ourselves in a position where a potentially very good player will be very aware, that history tells him, when players have moved on to certain clubs they magically, often instantly, find themselves in the England squad.

Yet another reason to hate international football for the impact it has on the fans of Newcastle United?



  • Mrkgw

    Southgate and his England side are an irrelevance during the domestic season – why do we have to endure it?

  • Paul Patterson

    Can’t be bothered with that London United that is England. It’s annoying when, just as the season gets underway, BANG, an International break.
    That said, the international break has come at a good time for us, it give Rafa a chance to work with the players (should have happened in the summer, but the club delayed signing players) and it also gives Shelvey and others a chance to get back fit.

  • Paul Cannell

    Lasscelles is class, a very good player but Harry McGuire is first choice and will be for a while. I do get your point, if Lasscelles played for maybe Spurs he’d be in the squad for sure.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Remember when internationals and caps meant something? Now anyone gets them & people are getting a 100 caps all the time

  • Kenny

    Southgate is a right tossa and England can only beat pub teams as the World Cup has shown yet the press down south lauded him like he was another Sir Alf or Sir Bobby, whisful thinking

    • Peaky

      Spot on Kenny….been watching the World Cup since ‘74 and can honestly say the quality has deteriorated….poor tournament this year…..Southgate’s fully fit first 11 would have been swept aside by both the ‘66 and ‘90 lads…..no doubt some smartarse will come along and quote the classic….”you can’t compare,the game has changed”…

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  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Welp, at least Yedlin is playing for his national side. But the Concacaf League of Nations doesn’t start until next year. So it’ll all be friendlies until then. Is Ritchie even being called up for Scotland anymore?

  • GlasgowMag

    No way would you want Lascelles playing in these pointless friendliest in any event!! If he got injured this early in the season we would basically be [email protected]!!!