It is (yet another) international break time for Newcastle United.

This is number three of three in three months.

Following consecutive victories, no doubt Rafa Benitez would have been quite happy for the games to keep coming.

However, on the other hand, he will be hoping that it will give the chance for Lascelles, Muto and Shelvey to get fit, as well as Florian Lejeune to inch closer to a comeback.

Altogether seven NUFC players have been called up and of course special focus on Salomon Rondon.

Following his two goal man of the match display against Bournemouth, he is now away with Venezuela.

They play away in Japan on Friday and then the good news is that their second game is only a six hour flight away from the UK, playing in Qatar (neutral venue) v Iran. A lot easier/quicker than getting back from Venezuela.

Another bonus is that this time DeAndre Yedlin’s matches with the USA team are in Europe, playing England and Italy.

Meanwhile Fabian Schar is another player who Rafa will be keen to see come back safely, having impressed in these last two victories for Newcastle.

Other positives for the Newcastle boss are that Matt Ritchie opted out of the Scotland squad this time, whilst Ciaran Clark was left out when Ireland cut their squad down to 28.

Ki Sung-yeung is another who isn’t heading off, though whether it was his choice to miss games against Australia and Uzbekistan is unclear.

Wednesday 14 November

Switzerland v Qatar (Fabian Schar)

Thursday 15 November

England v USA (DeAndre Yedlin)

Italy Under 21s v England Under 21s (Freddie Woodman)

Friday 16 November

Wales v Denmark (Paul Dummett)

Japan v Venezuela (Salomon Rondon)

Slovakia v Ukraine (Martin Dubravka)

Sunday 18 November

Switzerland v Belgium (Fabian Schar)

Monday 19 November

Czech Republic v Slovakia (Martin Dubravka)

Italy v USA – Neutral venue Genk, Belgium (DeAndre Yedlin)

Tuesday 20 November

Iran v Venezuela – Neutral venue Qatar (Salomon Rondon)

Denmark Under 21s v England Under 21s (Freddie Woodman)

Albania v Wales (Paul Dummett)