Newcastle Strikers Compete In World Cup Qualifier

Our new signing Daryl Murphy is now with the Ireland team preparing for Monday night’s World Cup qualifier in Belgrade, Serbia, where he will meet another Newcastle striker – Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The 21 year-old very physical striker already has 22 caps for Serbia with 4 goals and they will be getting to know each other when they return to Newcastle next week and prepare for the game at Derby a week tomorrow.

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Daryl Murphy in Ireland’s colors

Daryl (22 caps for Ireland – no goals) has been interviewed and he was happy enough with his performances in Euro 2106 and says he just had to accept the opportunity to join Newcastle United when it came up last weekend.

This is what Murphy has said:

“It obviously gives you confidence when you play at that level against players of that caliber.”

“I thought I did okay and held my own in both games I played, so it gives you a boost. They are very hard games to play in, but it was good.”

“I’ll have some great memories for years to come of playing in some very big games. The Italy game, to know I was starting and to play and be involved in that win was brilliant.”

“And then to keep my place a few days after and play against France, bar the result, it was brilliant for me.”

“Obviously it wasn’t easy for me to leave Ipswich for Newcastle, but as I said to the manager – ‘I can’t turn down this opportunity, it’s not going to happen to me again’, and I think he understood that.”

“Obviously he didn’t want me to go, but I think he understood that I’m not going to get that chance again.”

As to whether Daryl would be greeting his new team-mate Aleksandar after the game he said wryly and with a smile:

“We’ll see how the result goes first.”

We expect Daryl to make his debut for Newcastle in the game at Derby on 10th September or the game at QPR three days later.

We think he’s an astute signing for Newcastle and can do a very decent job for us over the next two years.

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