Salomon Rondon played the final minutes of Newcastle United’s international break.
The striker came on in the 73rd minute with the score at 1-1 and that is the way it stayed, Venezuela drawing 1-1 with Iran at a neutral venue in Qatar.
Rondon replaced Josef Martinez in a reversal of Venezuela’s 1-1 draw with Japan on Friday.
Martinez has 33 goals in 36 MLS matches this season and is an Atlanta United teammate of claimed Newcastle target Miguel Almiron.
Earlier today, young Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman yet again warmed the bench as England Under 21s hammered Denmark 5-1. To be fair it is a very strong group and augers well for England’s future, the Under 21s are now 22 matches unbeaten.
As for DeAndre Yedlin, he played the full 90 minutes on Thursday as the USA lost 3-0 to England.
Tonight the USA are taking on Italy in Genk (Belgium) but no sign of the Newcastle defender, the American coach going for a much changed team and Yedlin not even on the bench. That game is currently 0-0 at half-time and if that is the score at full-time it would be a moral victory for a very young USA starting 11 that has an average age of 22 years and 71 days.
Newcastle United players on international duty:
Wednesday 14 November
Switzerland 0 Qatar 1 (Fabian Schar played full 90 minutes)
Thursday 15 November
England 3 USA 0 (DeAndre Yedlin played the full 90 minutes)
Italy Under 21s 2 England Under 1 (Freddie Woodman stayed on the bench)
Friday 16 November
Japan 1 Venezuela 1 (Salomon Rondon played the opening 66 minutes)
Slovakia 4 Ukraine 1 (Martin Dubravka played the full 90 minutes)
Wales 1 Denmark 2 (Paul Dummett went off injured on 39 minutes and has returned to Tyneside to have injury assessed)
Sunday 18 November
Switzerland 5 Belgium 2 (Fabian Schar suspended)
Ethiopia 0 Ghana 2 (Christian Atsu played first 73 minutes)
Monday 19 November
Czech Republic 1 Slovakia 0 (Martin Dubravka played full match)
Tuesday 20 November
Iran 1 Venezuela 1 – Neutral venue Qatar (Salomon Rondon plays final 17 minutes as a sub)
Denmark Under 21s 1 England Under 21s 5 (Freddie Woodman stayed on the bench))
Italy 0 USA 0 – Neutral venue Genk, Belgium (DeAndre Yedlin left out of the matchday squad)