Yes, the Euros are in full swing, and with the group stages almost over, it is worth taking some time to consider which Newcastle players (both past and present) have contributed towards these games. You may think it has been a while since Newcastle has had many international players in their starting 11; however, the number taking to the field across the world for this tournament may surprise you.
Current Newcastle Players
Following the confirmation of all countries’ final 26 last month, it was interesting to see that there have been more Newcastle Players this year than in any previous European Championships finals. These players consist of:
- Martin Dubravka – Slovakia
Unfortunately, Slovakia has not had the best of starts at the Euros this year, as Sweden pipped them to the post thanks to Emil Forsberg’s goal in the 77th minute. Though both teams had periods where they threatened to score, Slovakia conceded that Sweden would win.
That is not to say Dubravka did not have a splendid game. With some fantastic saves throughout, particularly one against, Isak managed to dribble past three defenders before his effort was denied.
- Ryan Fraser – Scotland
This is one of Scotland’s first competitive tournaments in over 20 years, and in that team is Newcastle’s very own Ryan Fraser. If they win their upcoming game against Croatia, they could have secured themselves in the last 16. Of course, this is a big ask, but after their draw against England, anything could happen, especially given England houses players such as Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, both of whom are expected to be some of the top goal scorers of the tournament. More information on the Euro 2020 top goalscorer odds can be found on sites such as Unibet.
- Emil Krafth – Sweden
Following their win against Slovakia, Sweden is looking likely to qualify for the last 16 and will be right back Emil Krafth. Sweden’s next game coming up is Poland, where a win will guarantee their qualifying spot.
- Fabian Schar – Switzerland
After a tough start, Switzerland could well still qualify from their group after their upcoming game against Turkey, and helping them do it will be St James resident Fabian Schar. First, however, they will need to beat Turkey and hope that Italy and Wales do not end in a draw to qualify.
The Newcastle players taking part in this year’s tournament are the most that Newcastle has ever seen. The next highest representation was in 1996 and 2012.
Previous Newcastle Players
As well as the current Newcastle players, many teams are also using previous players, of which four of them are currently in the Holland 26. These include the likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Luuk de Jong, Tim Krul and Patrick Van Aanholt.
Other players include Kevin Mbabu, who is playing for Switzerland, Slovakia’s Lubo Satka, Grant Hanley playing for Scotland, Matz Sels for Belgium, and France’s Moussa Sissoko.