With Euro 2020 now just hours away, Toon fans have been keeping tabs on the squad announcements and looking ahead to the return of live football on our TV screens.
Supporters have some respite knowing big hitters like Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson are not part of their international setups, but there is still plenty of Toon interest heading into the tournament.
We take a look at Newcastle stars who are set to play (or coach!) at Euro 2020 based on the final squad announcements:
Ryan Fraser (Scotland) – The Scots have qualified for their first major tournament since 1998 and have named Ryan Fraser in their squad, despite recent injury struggles and a warning from Steve Bruce not to do so. They take on Czech Republic and Croatia, with a monumental clash with England at Wembley sandwiched in between.
Fabian Schar (Switzerland) – Some doubted whether Schar would make the Switzerland squad after suffering a potential season-ending injury in our 3-2 win against Southampton back in February. He is now back in action, scoring our final goal of the campaign with a coolly placed penalty against Fulham in our 2-0 victory. The 29-year old is expected to be on the plane, but he has lost his starting place in recent times at international level. He will take on Italy, Wales and Turkey in the group phase.
Martin Dubravka (Slovakia) – Our goalkeeper will be between the sticks for Slovakia this summer having cemented his position as his nation’s number one since his £4m arrival back in January 2018. He will come up against Poland, Spain and Sweden in the group stage, where he is likely to come against our next man on the list.
Emil Krafth (Sweden) – The right-back heads to the Euros with Sweden fresh off scoring his first goal in black-and-white colours in our 4-4 defeat against Man City a few weeks ago. He played for Blågult (The Blue and Yellow) against England in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup before securing his £5m move to Tyneside the following year. The full-back will face Spain, Slovakia and Poland in his group.
Graeme Jones (England coach) – Our crafty assistant coach has been selected as a last-minute appointment to link up with the England squad this summer. Gareth Southgate is reportedly impressed with the work he has done since joining us in January, a feeling that is very much echoed by Toon supporters. He has previous tournament experience at Belgium, having served as Roberto Martinez’s understudy at the 2018 World Cup.