Dubravka is with the Slovakian squad international duty, and he was an unused substitute in Wednesday’s 3-0 friendly win against a weakened Denmark side.
However, Martin will likely start the game against Ukraine in the new UEFA Nations League this coming Sunday.
Slovakia finished second to England in Group F of the World Cup qualifying, and Martin is keen for his country to qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals next year and then the year after that we have the UEFA 2020 Championships.
Martin Dubravka – during the interview
This is what the Newcastle number one goalkeeper had to say on the Newcastle website today:
“I don’t agree if anyone says we are not in a good shape.”
“We’ve played against very tough opponents and in all of the games, they were very close and we’ve missed a little bit of luck, especially against Tottenham.”
“We could easily have taken a draw against Chelsea and unfortunately we didn’t win against Cardiff, but we created chances and stood compact.”
“And if we play like we did against Manchester City – especially in the second half – we can be successful.”
“We hoped that we could change something (at City) – we tried to stay focused for the full 90 minutes, but of course it’s difficult when you play against Man City at their stadium.”
“It was a tough game but it showed that we have brilliant players ourselves and we have confidence for the next games.”
“Every time when I go to the national team, I really look forward to seeing my team mates and the coaching staff. It’s great, the mood there – the same as at Newcastle.”
Martin is not only an excellent goalkeeper but he has a great character and temperament and is already extremely popular with the Newcastle fans.
At £4M he is a terrific acquisition by Rafa Benitez and the Recruitment staff under the leadership of Steve Nickson.