Final Euro 2020 squads confirmed – Newcastle United with most players ever at finals
Only seven days now until the Euro 2020 finals kick off at last.
Put back by a year, the group games will start with Turkey v Italy next Friday (11 June) night.
The first Newcastle United likely involvement will be the following day, when Switzerland and Fabian Schar are scheduled to face Wales on Saturday 12 June.
Following the confirmation of the final squads to UEFA, a quirky Newcastle United fact has emerged.
Believe it or not, Euro 2020 will see more NUFC players at the tournament than in any previous European Championships finals.
Considering just how few international players Newcastle have these days, you may need some convincing.
Martin Dubravka (Slovakia), Ryan Fraser (Scotland), Emil Krafth (Sweden) and Fabian Schar (Switzerland) have all been included as expected in their respective national squads.
Looking back, the next highest Newcastle United representation was in 1996 and 2012:
In 1996 the Euros were held in England and Pavel Srnicek, Les Ferdinand and Steve Howey made the Czech and England squads respectively.
Then in the Poland and Ukraine hosted tournament of 2012, Tim Krul was there with Holland, whilst Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye made the France squad.
Alan Shearer of course picked up the Golden Boot at the 1996 Euros with five goals and only a month after the tournament ended, signed for Newcastle United on 30 July 1996, so next month will see the 25th (TWENTY FIVE YEARS) anniversary of his world record signing for NUFC.
There are nine former Newcastle United players also confirmed as squad members for Euro 2020.
Holland actually with as many as four – Gini Wijnaldum, Luuk de Jong, Tim Krul and Patrick van Aanholt.
Then you also have Kevin Mbabu (Switzerland), Lubo Satka (Slovakia), Grant Hanley (Scotland), Matz Sels (Belgium) and Moussa Sissoko (France)
EURO 2020 FINALS GROUP GAMES INVOLVING NEWCASTLE UNITED PLAYERS
Saturday 12 June
Switzerland v Wales (Fabian Schar)
Monday 14 June
Scotland v Czech Republic (Ryan Fraser)
Slovakia v Poland (Martin Dubravka)
Sweden v Spain (Emil Krafth)
Wednesday 16 June
Switzerland v Italy (Fabian Schar)
Friday 18 June
Scotland v England (Ryan Fraser)
Slovakia v Sweden (Martin Dubravka and Emil Krafth)
Sunday 20 June
Switzerland v Turkey (Fabian Schar)
Tuesday 22 June
Scotland v Croatia (Ryan Fraser)
Wednesday 23 June
Slovakia v Spain (Martin Dubravka)
Sweden v Poland (Emil Krafth)
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