Newcastle United star scores in third game in a row for his country – Must play v Spurs?

Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser makes the headlines once again as Newcastle United’s internationals completed their schedule before heading back to Tyneside.

Another very decent performance for Ryan Fraser as he helped Scotland to a dominant 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands.

Ryan Fraser’s third goal in his last three appearances brought to an end a five game winless run for Scotland.

The diminutive Newcastle player scoring with what must be a very rare back post header (watch below).

Ryan Fraser had also scored and earned Scotland a draw away at Israel on Sunday, then in his previous appearance to that, scored the only goal in a Nations League win against the Czech Republic back in October 2020.

Ryan Fraser has yet to score a Premier League goal for Newcastle United but the evidence clearly points to the player being able to continue his goalscoring form for Newcastle, if Steve Bruce gives Fraser and NUFC’s other attacking players the chance with a less negative formation and tactics.

With Wilson and ASM back out on the training pitch and Almiron having returned against Brighton before this international break, if there a case for playing all of this attacking quartet together, if / when fit and available, possible Tottenham on Sunday, or more realistically Burnley away in 10 days time?

Jamal Lewis returned to the starting line-up for his country after having missed the defeat to Italy with a groin injury, then coming off the bench in the friendly defeat to the USA.

Lewis helped Northern Ireland dominate a goalless draw against Bulgaria but they couldn’t get the goal(s) their performance deserved.

Jamal Lewis sat out the month of March with an ongoing groin issue but may be pushing Paul Dummett on Sunday now, for a return to the Newcastle first team against Tottenham.

A rare 90 minute run out for Emil Krafth as he played the full game in this 1-0 friendly win.

The Newcastle right-back has made only one start for his country in a competitive match since playing in the 2-0 defeat to England at the 2018 World Cup finals.

Newcastle United internationals:

Wednesday 24 March

Serbia 3 Republic of Ireland 2 – World Cup Qualifier

A bit of a disaster for Newcastle pair Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick and their teammates.

Ireland taking the lead having not scored in the previous seven matches.

Ciaran Clark partly at fault for the equaliser and then easily beaten in the air by Mitro for the winning goal. Meanwhile, Jeff Hendrick left out of the team in favour of a couple of Preston midfielders, the Newcastle midfielder introduced at 1-1 on 61 minutes, within 14 minutes Serbia leading 3-1.

Cyprus 0 Slovakia 0 – World Cup Qualifier

A clean sheet in Cyprus for Martin Dubravka, returning to the Slovakian team for his first match in 16 months since 19 November 2019.

Thursday 25 March 

Italy 2 Northern Ireland 0 – World Cup Qualifier

Italy took control with two first-half goals but a spirited display after the break gives Northern Ireland hope for their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Jamal Lewis hadn’t been able to train during the week and was ruled out of last night’s squad with a groin injury. He must be an injury worry now ahead of Newcastle v Tottenham in nine days time.

Scotland 2 Austria 2 – World Cup Qualifier

Former Newcastle defender Grant Hanley scored as the Scots shared four second-half goals.

However, Newcastle’s Ryan Fraser watched the entire match from the subs bench.

Sweden 1 Georgia 0 – World Cup Qualifier

Emil Krafth took his usual place on the bench for Sweden, having started only three times for his country these past two and a half years.

With Sweden leading 1-0, Emil Krafth got the last six minutes with that one goal giving the NUFC man and his teammates all three points.

Saturday 27 March

Republic of Ireland 0 Luxembourg 1 – World Cup Qualifier

Clark played the first hour before being subbed with the game goalless at the time. Rodrigues scoring the winner for Luxembourg with five minutes to go.

Jeff Hendrick left on the bench for the entire 90 minutes.

Slovakia 2 Malta 2 – World Cup Qualifier

Slovakia fought back with two second half goals to earn a point.

Martin Dubravka wasn’t in the matchday squad on Saturday night, leading to concerns that the keeper may have a new injury issue.

However, the Slovakia manager thankfully later explained that Martin Dubraka had been missing due to a stomach bug, not an injury.

Sunday 28 March 

Northern Ireland 1 USA 2 – Friendly

Good news to see Jamal Lewis back on the pitch, as last week it was revealed that the left-back has had an ongoing groin problem that has played a part in the defender not playing for Newcastle United at all in March. Paul Dummett coming into the team and playing all three games this month, Lewis an unused substitute in all three matches.

On Thursday night Jamal Lewis was ruled out of the game in Italy which Northern Ireland lost 2-0, not even on the bench. However, he got the final 30 minutes on Sunday night as Northern Ireland lost 2-1 to the USA, the Newcastle defender came on with his side two down, McGinn getting a late consolation. Interesting to see what happens with Jamal Lewis on Wednesday as Northern Ireland play Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier.

Israel 1 Scotland 1 – World Cup Qualifier

Ryan Fraser taking the headlines with a very decent performance for Scotland that saw the Newcastle player score the equaliser in Tel Aviv.

Israel taking the lead just before the break, then nine minutes into the second half, Ryan Fraser producing an excellent composed finish (watch below – for the Fraser goal go to 2.04) from outside the box.

Kosovo 0 Sweden 3 – World Cup Qualifier

Emil Krafth took his usual position on the bench, watching on as Sweden strolled to an easy win.

Tuesday 30 March

Qatar 1 Republic of Ireland 1 – Friendly 

Yet another woeful performance from the Irish in this friendly saw them only manage a 1-1 draw, despite McLean giving them a fourth minute lead.

Good news that Ciaran Clark was given a total rest for this one, left on the bench ahead of Sunday against Tottenham.

Jeff Hendrick however, gave a very recognisable performance for Newcastle fans, playing the opening 84 minutes with minimal influence on the match, before subbed late on.

Slovakia 2 Russia 1 – World Cup Qualifier

Once again no sign of Martin Dubravka, either in the starting eleven or on the bench.

The Newcastle keeper missed Saturday’s game against Malta with a reported stomach bug, which clearly wasn’t just a 24 hour thing.

Presumably still the same problem keeping him out of last night’s squad. Obviously relief that it almost certainly isn’t an injury but not ideal preparation for Sunday’s massive Newcastle v Tottenham match, here’s hoping Martin Dubravka is fine to start.

In the NUFC keeper’s absence a massive result for Slovakia, after opening with two draws in their World Cup qualifying campaign, beating group leaders Russia 2-1.

Wednesday 31 March 

Northern Ireland 0 Bulgaria 0 – World Cup Qualifier

Jamal Lewis returned to the starting line-up for his country after having missed the defeat to Italy with a groin injury, then coming off the bench in the friendly defeat to the USA.

Lewis helped Northern Ireland dominate this goalless draw but they couldn’t get the goal(s) their performance deserved.

Scotland 4 Faroe Islands 0 – World Cup Qualifier

Another very decent performance for Ryan Fraser as he helped Scotland to a dominant 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands.

Ryan Fraser’s third goal in his last three appearances brought to an end a five game winless run for Scotland.

The diminutive Newcastle player scoring with what must be a very rare back post header (watch below, goal is at 2.42).

Sweden 1 Estonia 0 – Friendly

A rare 90 minute run out for Emil Krafth as he played the full game in this 1-0 friendly win.

The Newcastle right-back has made only one start for his country in a competitive match since playing in the 2-0 defeat to England at the 2018 World Cup finals.

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