The Euros have arrived and we have already previewed the five current Newcastle United stars set to feature.
Here, we focus on the former Mags who’ll be taking part in this summer’s long-awaited tournament.
Here’s 10 we’ll be seeing on our TV screens over the next month:
Kevin Mbabu (Switzerland) – The former NUFC U23 talent has gone from strength to strength since Benitez let him go, sealing a move rob Wolfsburg last summer. Could line alongside our very own Fabian Schar.
Tim Krul (Holland) – Fresh from promotion back to the Premier League with Norwich, the popular ex-Mag is battling for the Dutch No.1 spot. After a difficult end to his long stint at St James’ Park, it’s great to see he’s still going strong!
Tamas Kadar (Hungary) – Remember the name? The former NUFC youngster is now 31-years old and plying his trade at Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League. Capped 57 times for Hungary, he will have his work cut out in defence as they are in a group of death with Spain, Germany and France.
Gini Wijnaldum (Holland) – The Liverpool midfielder is on the cusp of a move to Barcelona and will be a key man in a resurgent Dutch side’s midfield. It’s hard to believe that this is their first tournament in SEVEN years; they should have a straightforward group as they take on Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia.
Mats Selz (Belgium) – The former Toon flop has rebuilt himself somewhat at Strasbourg in Ligue 1, and has been picked by Roberto Martinez for Belgium, one of the tournament favourites. He is not expected to feature, however, as Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois and former Mackem Simon Mignolet are ahead of him in the pecking order.
Valentino Lazaro (Austria) – Our former loan star who was bizarrely left out by Steve Bruce will be starting for Austria in Group C clashes with the Netherlands, Ukraine and North Macedonia. He showed glimpses of clear quality during his short spell at SJP last season and now plays for Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Grant Hanley (Scotland) – The big Norwich defender has had a successful season with The Canaries, winning promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking. He makes the 26-man Scotland squad and is expected to play alongside current NUFC winger Ryan Fraser.
Moussa Sissoko (France) – Sissoko has scraped into the France squad despite an underwhelming season at Spurs. He has played a huge 67 times for Les Bleus and is another ex-Toon player who has been plunged into Euro 2020’s group of death.
Elsewhere, we’ll also see two former NUFC coaches take charge of Scotland in Steve Clarke and John Carver, with both set to come up against England when the Scots arrive at Wembley in the eagerly anticipated clash on June 18th.