From what we can tell Newcastleâ€™s International brigade will all return fir and well from their international escapades.
Sam will have from tomorrow to prepare the side for the crucial encounter with Tottenham on Monday evening at 8:00 pm.
Letâ€™s see how the boys did.
David Rozehnal – played well for Czech Republic in their 3-0 win in Germany
Michael Owen and Alan Smith were in Russia as England threw away the game with 20 minutes to go. The 2-1 defeat is exactly what they didnâ€™t want at vital Euro 2008 qualifier 2-1 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Owen set up Rooneyâ€™s wonderful first goal but went missing for large portions of the game, even though he played the full 90 minutes. Alan Smith again wasnâ€™t used as a substitute but as weâ€™ve pointed out Alan is suspended for the game on Monday due to 5 yellow cards.
Shay Given of Ireland played a 1-1 draw in Dublin to Cyprus, and only equalized in injury time after Cyprus had taken an 80th minute lead. A disappointing result and Ireland will not qualify for the finals next summer. Shay played the full game while Carr was not included in the 18 at Croke Park, but is obviously back from his groin injury
David Rozehnal played the full game for the Czech Republic in Germany and got a good if surprising 3-0 victory. David had another solid game at the heart of the Czech defense. The Czech Republic therefore qualify for Europe along with Germany from their group. Am I the only one who thinks David has got a bit of a raw deal by losing his place at Newcastle after an excellent start on Tyneside?
Emre played 79 minutes before being substituted in Turkeyâ€™s disappointing 1-0 home defeat by rivals Greece. By the win Greece qualify for the finals but it will be touch and go for Turkey who secured just 1 point from their two games. Emre was booked and then subbed before Greece’s 79th minute winner.
Steven Taylor and James Milner played their second England under-21 game on Tuesday evening. Each played the full 90 minutes as in their previous game and Milner scored the 3rd goal in Cork against Ireland. England now lead their group with 12 points from their 4 games and they have yet to concede a goal. Portugal are in second place 3 points behind.
Charles N’Zogbia played again for the French under-21s who took on Romania at the Emil Alexandrescu Stadium in Iasi in a 0-0 draw. France are top of their Group 10 with 11 points from five games and Romania stay second, 3 points behind but with a game in hand.
James Troisi played for Australia’s under-23s who were held to a 0-0 draw in Beirut. This was an Olympic qualifier against Lebanon and Troisi started the game but missed a couple of decent chances before being substituted in the 84th minute.From what we can tell all players are uninjured and they will all start returning to Tyneside today to prepare for the game on Monday night.
Thatâ€™s good news for Big Sam and Newcastle United.
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