Ryan Fraser the first Newcastle United casualty
For Ryan Fraser it pretty much summed up his 2020/21 season.
After having been little used by Newcastle United (9 Premier League starts, 9 sub appearances) and in truth little use (0 PL goals and 2 PL assists).
With Euro 2020 Ryan Fraser had high hopes of bouncing back with Scotland, going into the competition having scored in each of his last three Scotland starts.
However, it wasn’t to be, injury late in his club season meaning others had their chance to make claims on their places in the starting eleven.
Ryan Fraser allowed 23 minutes when Scotland were already 2-0 down against Czech Republic and unable to make any significant difference. Then an unused sub in the goalless draw against Wembley.
On Tuesday night it was more of the same, Scotland needing to win and McGregor giving them some hope when i the 42nd minute equalising Vlasic’ opener for Croatia. However, Modric putting the visitors back in front on 62 minutes.
Ryan Fraser only given the last 20 minutes but unable to change the direction the match was heading in, as Perisic finished the Scots off with another goal on 77 minutes.
Ryan Fraser becoming the first Newcastle United casualty, the first of the NUFC quartet to be knocked out of Euro 2020. At least it leaves him plenty time to get ready for the new 2021/22 season and contribute more to NUFC than we saw last season, hopefully.
Emil Krafth (Sweden) and Fabian Schar (Switzerland) are already through to the last 16 and later today it is Slovakia v Spain with Martin Dubravka hoping to join them.
NEWCASTLE UNITED SUMMER TIMETABLE
Wednesday 9 June
Summer transfer window opens.
Wednesday 9 June
Paraguay 0 Brazil 2 – Miguel Almiron playing the full game.
Friday 11 June
Euro 2020 finals kick-off with Turkey 0 Italy 3.
Saturday 12 June
Switzerland 1 Wales 1 – Fabian Schar playing his first full 90 competitive minutes in over four months.
Sunday 13 June
England 1 Croatia 0
Monday 14 June
Scotland 0 Czech Republic 2
A decent display from Scotland but undone by one very good goal and another exceptional one, Ryan Fraser coming on with 23 minutes to go.
Slovakia 2 Poland 1
Martin Dubravka celebrating his first ever game in a major finals and it was a winning one.
Sweden 0 Spain 0
Emil Krafth played the final 15 minutes as an all hands to the pump rearguard action saw Sweden pick up an unlikely point.
Paraguay 3 Bolivia 1
Miguel Almiron and his teammates absolutely dominated with 34 shots to 4 from Bolivia and 79% possession, recovering from going behind to a 10th minute VAR penalty, three second-half goals gave them a deserved victory.
Wednesday 16 June
Premier League fixtures released at 9am. Newcastle facing West Ham at home in their first match of the new PL season.
Switzerland 0 v Italy 3
An uncomfortable night for Fabian Schar, Italy looking good and going 2-0 up thanks to a goal from Locatelli in both halves before the Newcastle defender was subbed. Italy adding a third goal late on.
Friday 18 June
Slovakia 0 Sweden 1
Martin Dubravka pulling off one of the saves of the tournament but then gave away the decisive spot-kick, Sweden’s Forsberg scoring despite the Newcastle keeper going the right way.
Scotland 0 England 0
Ryan Fraser an unused substitute as Scotland produce the best chances in a poor dull match.
Sunday 20 June
Switzerland 3 Turkey 1
Fabian Schar dropped to the bench after Switzerland lost 3-0 to Italy on Wednesday and was an unused sub today.
A win for the Swiss and defeat for Wales (1-0 against Italy) but it needed a five goal turn around as well. the Swiss left needing two more goals to have finished second in the group and automatic qualification. So instead Wales join Italy in the last 16 and Fabian Schar and Switzerland must now wait and see if they are one of the four of six clubs to finish third in their group but still go into the knockout stages.
Monday 21 June
Fabian Schar celebrates as defeats for Finland and Ukraine mean that they finish third in groups B and C respectively, both on three points. Which means the Newcastle defender and Switzerland now guaranteed to be one of the four best third placed teams having ended their group A matches with four points.
Emil Krafth another Newcastle United player through to the last 16, as Sweden are top of their group with four points and one game to play against Poland on Wednesday.
Paraguay 0 Argentina 1
Miguel Almiron and Paraguay were the more dominant team but couldn’t find a goal, losing only a second game in their last eleven. This Copa America group clash saw Lionel Messi create a bit of history, becoming the joint most capped Argentina player, now on 147 caps which is the same as Javier Mascherano.
Tuesday 22 June
Scotland 1 Croatia 3
Ryan Fraser introduced in the 70th minute from the bench, with Scotland 2-1 down and needing to win to qualify.
Instead Perisic finished them off when making it 3-1 on 77 minutes, the Newcastle winger unable to change the flow of the game as the Scots bowed out of the competition, the first NUFC player to do so.
England 1 Czech Republic 0
A slightly better England performance than the first two, Grealish and Saka easily England’s best two players and they were part of the move that won the game. A superb Grealish cross which made it impossible to miss for Sterling’s header. England having three efforts on target, which equals the combined first two games (two v Croatia, one v Scotland).
Wednesday 23 June
Slovakia v Spain (Martin Dubravka)
Sweden v Poland (Emil Krafth)
Thursday 24 June
Paraguay v Chile (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)
Sunday 27 June
Paraguay v Uruguay (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)
Monday 5 July
Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.
Saturday 10 July
Copa America final in Argentina (possible Miguel Almiron participation).
Sunday 11 July
Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley (possible Schar, Krafth, Dubravka participation).
Sunday 18 July
Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day.
Away at York City with a 2pm kick-off and away at Harrogate Town. No news from NUFC (as usual) but Harrogate have now stated on their website that is also a 2pm kick-off (these games linked to training camp at nearby Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer).
Tuesday 27 July
Newcastle United first team friendly away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.
Friday 30 July
NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Sunday 15 August
Newcastle kick off at 2pm at home to West Ham, live on Sky Sports.
Saturday 21 August
Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off away against Aston Villa.
Saturday 28 August
Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off home against Southampton.
Monday 30 August
First international break starts.
Tuesday 31 August
Summer transfer window closes at 11pm.
Monday 4 October
Second international break starts.
Monday 8 November
Third international break starts.
Monday 21 March 2022
Fourth international break starts.
Sunday 22 May 2022
Premier League 2021/22 season ends.
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