Rafa Benitez gives DeAndre Yedlin a boost ahead of facing England
DeAndre Yedlin is set to face England tonight.
The Newcastle right-back not having his usual long international commute, with the USMNT in Europe for this set of internationals.
After tonight’s 8pm game at Wembley, DeAndre Yedlin and his teammates then move on to Genk in Belgium where they play Italy on Monday.
Ahead of these two matches, Rafa Benitez has given the Newcastle defender a boost.
The NUFC boss saying that Yedlin is improving ‘Because his understanding of the game is getting better and better.’.
Whilst he is one of Newcastle’s younger and less experienced players in terms of club football, the 25 year old is one of the veterans of this young USMNT with over fifty caps already.
Rafa Benitez says that quick full-backs are often better at attacking than defending but that DeAndre Yedln is working hard and improving this aspect of his game.
Rafa Benitez speaking about DeAndre Yedlin to BBC Newcastle:
“Because his characteristic is very fast, and he likes to go forward.
“Sometimes, this kind of player, they have more problems in defence.
“But he is quite focused on this part of his game, he is working hard.
“It is the same if you have a full-back that is not too big and is quite fast, normally they are not the best at defending.
“If you have a big one, normally he is not the best at attacking.
“I think he is improving and hopefully this year will also be an important year for him.
“Because his understanding of the game is getting better and better.”
Newcastle United players on international duty:
Wednesday 14 November
Switzerland 0 Qatar 1 (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)
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