International duty mirrors club situation for Newcastle United internationals
A strange quirk when it comes to the Newcastle United players on international duty, as of those away in September, none of the quintet are automatic first team choices for Newcastle United – Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick, Fabian Schar, Ryan Fraser and Emil Krafth.
On Sunday, Newcastle United’s Fabian Schar was left on the bench throughout Switzerland’s goalless draw World Cup qualifier against Italy.
Switzerland changing to a back four and picking up an excellent result, though they needed a penalty save by Yann Sommer from Jorginho to keep it goalless. Italy are four points clear at the top but Switzerland in second place with two games in hand.
A 2-1 friendly win for Sweden over Uzbekistan but no Emil Krafth in the starting eleven, nor on the bench. No news on any injury issues as yet for the Newcastle United defender.
The zero minutes on the pitch on Sunday for these two NUFC players followed the same on Saturday, when Jeff Hendrick sat out a desperate 1-1 draw for the Republic of Ireland against Azerbaijan, whilst Ryan Fraser also remained on the bench for the duration of Scotland’s narrow 1-0 victory over Moldova.
The one Newcastle United exception this weekend was Jamal Lewis.
He played the first 56 minutes of a friendly in Estonia before being replaced by former Newcastle left sided player Shane Ferguson. Ferguson it was who scored the winner on 75 minutes and Lewis may find his position under some pressure now, especially with Steve Bruce totally sidelining him, the £15m buy having played only six minutes of Premier League football since February.
All five Newcastle United internationals have (potentially) one more World Cup qualifier to play before they head back to Tyneside after these games on Tuesday and Wednesday, a trip to Old Trafford on Saturday to look forward to.
Full schedule of international matches in September involving Newcastle United players. The majority of the games are World Cup qualifiers, plus a few friendlies.
Wednesday 1 September
Denmark 2 Scotland 0
Comfortable win for Denmark in this World Cup qualifier but having a decent game, Newcastle’s Ryan Fraser struck a very good low left foot shot with 10 minutes to go, which produced a World class save from Kasper Schmeichel.
Portugal 2 Republic of Ireland 1
A dramatic night with Jeff Hendrick at the heart of it in this World Cup qualifier.
The Newcastle player bringing down Man Utd’s Fernandes to give Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to make history, with what would be his 110th international goal, a new World record in international football. However, the penalty brilliantly saved by the Irish keeper Bazunu.
Ireland took a shock lead on the stroke of half-time through Egan but left gutted as Cristiano Ronaldo produced superb headers in the 89th and 96th minutes to win the game for Portugal and now put him on 111 international goals, two more than anybody else has ever achieved.
Switzerland 2 Greece 1
A full 90 minutes for Newcastle’s Fabian Schar as Switzerland won the friendly, their first match since exiting the Euros against England.
Thursday 2 September
Sweden 2 Spain 1
A massive win in this World Cup qualifier sees Sweden now top the group, two points clear of Spain and with a game in hand. Emil Krafth making only his second competitive start for Sweden in over three years and they restricted Spain to only four shots on target. It was also a bit of history made as Sweden hadn’t lost in 66 World Cup qualifiers since 1993.
Lithuania 1 Northern Ireland 4
A very welcome 90 minutes for Newcastle’s Jamal Lewis who impressed going forward from his left wing-back position. An emphatic 4-1 away win in this World Cup qualifier reviving some hope of qualification, a massive game awaits next Wednesday against Fabian Schar and Switzerland.
Saturday 4 September
Scotland 1 Moldova 0
An essential win for Scotland to keep alive qualification hopes, a Lyndon Dykes goal on 14 minutes enough to beat bottom of the group Moldova. Newcastle United’s Ryan Fraser left on the bench for the entirety of this World Cup qualifier.
Republic of Ireland 1 Azerbaijan 1
Trailing 1-0 to a first half Azerbaijan goal, the 87th minute goal by Shane Duffy saw the Irish rescue a point, to avoid total humiliation, Newcastle United’s Jeff Hendrick was an unused sub.
Sunday 5 September
Sweden 2 Uzbekistan 1
A 2-1 friendly win for Sweden but no Emil Krafth in the starting eleven, nor on the bench. No news on any injury issues as yet.
Switzerland 0 Italy 0
Newcastle United’s Fabian Schar was left on the bench throughout this World Cup qualifier. Switzerland changing to a back four and picking up an excellent result, though they needed a penalty save by Yann Sommer from Jorginho to keep it goalless.
Estonia 0 Northern Ireland 1
Jamal Lewis played the first 56 minutes of this friendly before being replaced by former Newcastle left sided player Shane Ferguson. Ferguson it was who scored the winner on 75 minutes and Lewis may find his position under some pressure now.
Tuesday 7 September
Austria v Scotland (Ryan Fraser) World Cup qualifier
Republic of Ireland v Serbia (Jeff Hendrick) World Cup qualifier
Wednesday 8 September
Greece v Sweden (Emil Krafth) World Cup qualifier
Northern Ireland v Switzerland (Jamal Lewis and Fabian Schar) World Cup qualifier
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