Fraser among Magpies handed international call-ups
A number of Newcastle United’s first team will be in action during this week’s international break, with new signings Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis among the players called up by their countries.
Fraser’s Scotland face Israel at Hampden Park in a EURO 2020 play-off semi-final on Thursday night before welcoming Slovakia – who will be without the services of the injured Martin Dúbravka – to the same venue on Sunday for a UEFA Nations League Group B clash.
They finish the round of matches with another Nations League game against the Czech Republic at Hampden on Wednesday, 14th October, with Fraser looking to add to his tally of 11 caps and a solitary goal. All three games are set to kick off at 7:45pm.
Full back Lewis, meanwhile, has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for their EURO 2020 play-off semi-final game against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo on Thursday night.
The summer arrival from Norwich could then feature when Northern Ireland welcome Austria to Windsor Park in the Nations League on Sunday, before a trip to Oslo to face Norway a week on Thursday. Again, all of Lewis’ fixtures will get under way at 7:45pm.
Another Magpies recruit, Jeff Hendrick, is part of Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland squad which will take on Slovakia in Bratislava on Thursday (7:45pm kick-off).
Hendrick’s side then return to Dublin for a Nations League showdown with Wales on Sunday (2pm kick-off), followed by a trip to Helsinki for a clash with Finland in the same competition on Wednesday, 14th October (5pm kick-off).
Defender Emil Krafth could also be in action, with Sweden set to face Russia in a friendly in Solna on Thursday (5:15pm kick-off), followed by a trip to Zagreb for a Nations League encounter with Croatia on Sunday (5pm kick-off).
Krafth could then feature against Portugal in Lisbon in another Nations League fixture on Wednesday, 14thOctober at 7:45pm.
Fabian Schär’s Switzerland, meanwhile, play a friendly against Croatia on Wednesday, before a Nations League double-header against Spain in Madrid on Saturday and then Germany in Cologne on Tuesday, 13thOctober, with all games kicking off at 7:45pm.
Further afield, Miguel Almirón could be in World Cup qualifying action this week, having been named in the Paraguay squad to face Peru in Asuncion on Friday – a game which gets under way at 12:30am BST.
Almirón may then be in line to take on Venezuela in Merida next Tuesday in another qualifier for the 2022 tournament, which kicks off at 11pm BST.
And full back Achraf Lazaar has also received a call-up, with Morocco set to take on Senegal on Friday and DR Congo on Tuesday in Rabat. Both fixtures kick-off at 7pm.