The last international break saw five Newcastle players get call-ups to play for their country. All five featured to some degree in the two games during the break. The players called-up were Fabian Schar (Switzerland), Martin Dubravka (Slovakia), Emil Krafth (Sweden), Mo Sangare (Liberia), and Miguel Almiron (Paraguay – friendly).
Another player who regularly features for his country is DeAndre Yedlin. Yedlin has 59 caps for the US Men’s National Team but missed out on their two friendlies in September due to his sports hernia surgery in May.
DeAndre spoke to nufc.co.uk today and one of the topics of discussion was his international duty. This is what DeAndre says his hopes are for the upcoming international break:
“That’s been tough. I’ve had contact with the manager and they’re keeping updated on how I’m doing.
“This last international break was just a bit too soon but hopefully the next one, I’ll be ready for and hopefully I’ll have some minutes under my belt by that time, then really crack on from there.”
The next international break comes after the October 6th match against Manchester United at St James Park. The United States have two CONCACAF Nations League matches during this break, at home against Cuba on October 11th and at Canada on October 15th. The USA have started FC Dallas right-back Reggie Cannon in all the games since Yedlin was injured.
We will have to see if DeAndre will be ready for the next international break. A lot will depend on how he does for Newcastle over the next three games.
Incidentally, Yedlin also has Latvian citizenship through his grandmother. DeAndre had to attain citizenship for Latvia when he joined Tottenham in 2014, as he did not qualify for a work permit at that time.