We’re barely past the end of last season in England and around the world, but games are still going on before we focus full-time on pre-season fixtures and official transfer news.
UEFA, in its relentless effort to keep making money wherever and whenever possible, has chosen to stage a bunch of Nations League games in the first two weeks of June because, eh well, it’s not that more than 50 games played adds weight and stress to the professionals. the body of footballers, right?
Whatever the reasons, that’s the world we live in these days. Better kiss it, I guess. Such is the case with a handful of Newcastle United players who have been called up for June matches with their senior international squads.
Let’s review what’s been going on for them on the biggest stage since games started last Thursday and ended on Saturday. We will continue to provide international updates here at Coming home Newcastle as matches continue to play out over the coming days and weeks.
Kieran Trippier (England)
Match: ANG vs Hungary (UEFA Nations League, Group A3)
England manager Gareth Southgate has called up Magpie Legend Trippier for the Three Lions games against the British side’s three NL rivals. No joke, considering that Hungary, Germany and Italy are the teams the guys face in the group stage.
It wasn’t the brightest start for the English side as they abandoned their opener against Hungary losing 1-0 and giving up a 66th-minute goal to Hungarian wonderkid Dominik Szoboszlai from the point. penalty that sealed England’s defeat by hand. from Hungary.
Trippier started and finished the game sitting on the bench as Southgate failed to play it, instead opting for Kyle Walker as the starting right-back, then replacing the Citizen with John Stones (62 mins played). Here’s hoping Trips gets a call to start – or at least get some spare minutes – against Germany or (most likely) Italy next week.
Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil)
Match: BRA vs South Korea (Friendly)
We couldn’t be happier with Bruno’s steady progress through the ranks of Brazilian football. As the Canarinhas took on South Korea last Thursday and beat them to a 5-1 victory in their home country playing at the World Cup stadium in Seoul, Bruno was able to play for the seventh time in his home country. team still short but still evolving. international career.
Bruno had to sit on the bench for 81 minutes of the game until he was brought in by Tite as a replacement for Manchester United midfielder Fred. Brazil absolutely dominated the Koreans with borderline insane overall stats. The South American nation shot 21 times (including 12 on goal) against Korea’s four, kept the ball for 55 of the 90 minutes, won nine corners against Korea’s none, etc, etc…
Of course, it wasn’t Bruno’s ultimate game as his playing time couldn’t have been more limited against the Asian nation. Neymar bagged a few penalties, Richarlison opened the scoreboard and Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho also graced the scoreboard. Brazil play fellow Asian nation Japan on Monday and take on fierce rivals Argentina next Saturday after Messi’s side won the first Finalissima since the mid-1990s against Italy earlier this week smashing the champions of Europe in title to the tune of a 3-0 victory.
While Bruno might not start the outing against Argentina at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia on Saturday, there’s a good chance he’ll get heavy minutes against Japan on Monday as the Brazilians rotate the side that played against South Korea last Thursday.
Fabian Schär (Switzerland)
Match: SWI vs Czech Republic (UEFA Nations League, Group A2)
Like Trippier, Schar missed some time with Newcastle at the end of the season but returned to the pitch before all was said and done and was therefore fit enough to be called up by manager Murat Yakin. The Swiss faced a not very good Czech team last Thursday with chances to favor them (probability of victory of almost 50%).
Schar started in the center of the defensive line with Nico Elvedi, but it just wasn’t the best day for backliner Magpie. Schar played the full 90 minutes for his national team, but WhoScored gave him the worst rating among his teammates (6.0) tied with goalkeeper Haris Seferovic. Schar completed 83 per cent of his 77 attempted passes and cleared four balls while intercepting four in those 90 minutes, but his mistake led to one of the Czech Republic’s two goals which nullified everything the attackers Swiss tried to set up.
Fabian found himself in the path of a stupid cross from the left side, didn’t know how to react and manage the ball after a teammate let him pass, then gently directed it towards his goalkeeper, and the Czech Jan Kuchta had just to exploit it in goal to give his team a 1-0 lead that would turn into a final victory by 2-1. Schar and Switzerland face Portugal today.
Emil Krafth (Sweden)
Match: SWE vs Slovenia (UEFA Nations League, Group B2)
Although called up for this and future UEFA NL matches, Krafth had to accept his reserve role and only entered the pitch in the 66th minute with his side already one goal ahead after Emil Forsberg put the PK 1-0 with 39 on the clock.
Krafth replaced Joel Andersson on the right flank of the defensive line with the starter having a very forgettable game with the Swede last Thursday. This game was never a game to be feared for the Vikings as Slovenia are set to drop points in clusters as part of a group featuring Sweden, Serbia and Erling Haaland’s Norway.
We’ll see how things go for Krafth going forward as neither side should be considered lower in the talent ladder than Slovenia, making a breakthrough difficult for the right-back when he is to get into Sweden’s starting lineups.
Jeff Hendrick (Ireland)
Match: IRL vs Armenia (UEFA Nations League, Group B12)
Although Hendrick spent the year on loan at Queens Park Ranger, he gets the mention here because we care deeply about our adorable Magpies.
Hendrick couldn’t help Ireland against Armenia as the former lost their opener to the latter losing 1-0 through a 74th minute effort from Eduard Spertsyan. The underdogs won the win as Ireland were heavy favorites to get the W in this one.
Although he was able to help his nation kick off the group stage games with a win, Hendrick was still one of his side’s best players playing the full 90 minutes, completing 44/52 passes – four of six balls long and one of -a center included, while dodging a few defenders by making two against two on his dribbles. Not enough for him or his Ireland, who face Ukraine in three days after facing Wales later in the day for a place in the Qatar World Cup.