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Positives and negatives on very quiet night for Newcastle United internationals

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A strange quirk when it comes to the Newcastle United players on international duty this time.

Miguel Almiron has been blocked from travelling due to having to play in red list countries which would mean having to quarantine on his return to the UK, which leaves five NUFC first team squad members in total who are away in September.

However, none of the quintet are automatic first team choices for Newcastle United – Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick, Fabian Schar, Ryan Fraser and Emil Krafth.

Saturday night saw two of them named in the matchday squads for their countries but as for their club team, not automatic choices in international football.

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. The result means Scotland are third in the group with five of ten games played, two points behind Israel and seven points behind Denmark who look sure to top the group. However, Newcastle United’s Ryan Fraser left on the bench for the entirety of this World Cup qualifier.

Meanwhile, over in Dublin the Republic of Ireland just about avoided total humiliation. Trailing 1-0 to a first half Azerbaijan goal, the 87th minute goal by Shane Duffy saw the Irish rescue a point, to avoid being rock bottom of a group that contains Luxembourg as well as Azerbaijan. Like Ryan Fraser, Newcastle United’s Jeff Hendrick was an unused sub last night. The Republic last won a competitive game in June 2019, a 2-0 home win over Gibraltar.

Elsewhere in that group, Serbia are ahead at the top on goal difference from Portugal, both on 10 points after four games.

Interesting to see how Aleksandar Mitrovic is getting on after a dismal season of only three goals for Fulham in the Premier League last season and indeed only 13 starts in the league.

Mitro turns 27 on 16 September and last night he made it up to an impressive 43 international goals, scoring twice in a 4-1 win over Luxembourg which gives him seven goals in the four World Cup qualifiers so far. Meanwhile, under a new manager at Fulham, four goals in five Championship matches from Mitrovic have helped the Cottagers top the Championship.

Still to really prove it in the Premier League but no doubt that if he can get into scoring positions he can score goals.

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 v Uzbekistan (Emil Krafth) Friendly

Estonia v Northern Ireland (Jamal Lewis) Friendly

Switzerland v Italy (Fabian Schar) World Cup qualifier

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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