Martin Dubravka is third NUFC star named for Euro 2020 finals – Newcastle United Official Announcement
Martin Dubravka picked up his latest clean sheet and victory on Wednesday night as Newcastle beat Sheffield United in a poor game, only Allan Saint-Maximin lifting it occasionally out of the very ordinary.
A quiet night for the NUFC number one, as Sheffield United put their best chances off target, including one that hit the bar and bounced / deflected to safety.
On Thursday morning Martin Dubravka has something else to celebrate, with Newcastle United revealing that the goalkeeper has been named in Slovakia’s squad for Euro 2020.
At the moment it is a provisional 24 man squad for Euro 2020 that has been announced, with the very final selection to be provided to UEFA by 1 June 2021 at the latest.
However, with Martin Dubravka being Skovakia’s first choice keeper and countries allowed to take 26 players to this summer’s tournament. I think after being named in this provisional 24 man squad, we can take it that Dubravka is set to be involved in Euro 2020.
Only injury will prevent it and speaking of which, Martin Dubravka was in some discomfort last night. With ASM and Joelinton already forced off through injury, in the later stages both Willock and the NUFC keeper were struggling.
Steve Bruce made the choice of taking Willock off for the final five minutes and Martin Dubravka gingerly completed the match. After the final whistle when talking about possible injuries picked up against Sheffield United, Bruce said that the keeper had ‘got a bit of a hamstring’ in the closing stages.
Three weeks on Monday will see Slovakia and hopefully Martin Dubravka play their first group game against Poland, fingers crossed no lasting problems from last night.
Two Newcastle players had already been confirmed in the final 26 man squads for Euro 2020, with Emil Krafth in the Sweden squad, whilst yesterday Steve Clarke named Ryan Fraser in the Scotland squad, despite Steve Bruce claiming his selection was too much of a risk due to being out with a groin injury these past nine weeks.
Newcastle United Official Announcement:
‘Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka has been named in Slovakia’s provisional squad for this summer’s European Championships.
The Magpies stopper, who made his 100th Premier League appearance for the club in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United, is one of three custodians named in Stefan Tarkovic’s 24-man squad.
He is one of only two England-based players in their roster for the tournament, the other being Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak, while former Newcastle defender Lubomir Satka – who is now with Lech Poznan – is also included.
Other notable names in the Slovakia squad include Marek Hamsik, Milan Skriniar and Stanislav Lobotka.
Dúbravka currently has 25 caps for his country, having made his debut in 2014 while playing for Esbjerg, but is yet to feature in a major tournament.
The final squad, which can include up to 26 players, will be submitted by June 1st, with Slovakia then set to kick-off their first Group E clash with Poland in St. Petersburg on Monday, 14th June.’
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