If you’re going to play football, at least play football so wonderfully that you get tasty call-ups to have your face in tellies all over the world, am I right?
That’s the case for four Newcastle lads entering the early-summer international stage of games at multiple levels and different competitions. The ones picked up my nation managers out there: Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Fabian Schär, and the freshest Magpie sensation Elliot Anderson.
The England side couldn’t have been closer to lifting the Euro 2020 last summer against Italy, and coach Gareth Southgate is back to rostering the fine gentlemen that put England in that position, of course including Toon Legend Kieran Trippier. The right wing-back was recalled to the starting line-up for that final against Italy in exchange for Bukayo Saka in the only change from the side that started the semi-final win over Denmark, and that final marked the third start in five games played for Trips in the 2020 European Championship.
Trippier lastly featured for England back in Oct. 2021 when the Three Lions played their last World Cup qualification game against Andorra in what turned into a massive 5-0 trouncing. Not only did Trips play back then, but he also started and captained the squad.
England will play Hungary (x2), Germany, and Italy as part of their UEFA Nations League challenge between June 4 and June 14.
The All-Time greatest goalscorer in the history of New Zealand international football will also be back in action for the All Whites. Wood leads that table with 33 goals bagged in 31 international caps, and he’ll have a chance at bulking up that mark in the next month.
New Zealand is gearing up for their WCQ game against Costa Rica on June 14 with a couple of friendly games against Peru on June 5 and some other nation (not yet confirmed) on June 9. It’s a do-or-die game against the Costa Rica side that will seal the deal for one of the two sides when it comes to taking part or not in the World Cup festivities to take place in Qatar later this year when the WC ball gets rolling.
Back to the defensive line, Fabian Schar will be doing it once more for the Swiss national team this June, also as part of the UEFA Nations League set of matches. In this case, Switzerland is facing the Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, and then Portugal once more to close their four-game challenge this June, with games taking place between the 2nd and the 12th of said month.
Schar lastly played for the Swiss Army back in November when his nation defeated Bulgaria easily by four goals to none, sealing their first-place qualification for the Qatar WC and relegating Italy to a second-place finish that would ultimately mean elimination at the hands of North Macedonia in the qualifying play-off.
Finally, and most promisingly, Newcastle’s academy prospect Elliot Anderson—who spent this season loaned at Bristol Rovers—has been named as part of the Scotland U21 squad to face Belgium and Denmark on June 5 and June 10 respectively.
Anderson, widely known as the “Geordie Maradona” has been extraordinary for Bristol this past season helping the team to achieve promotion to League One on the final day of the campaign. At just 19 years of age, Anderson still has all of his football life in front of him and he surely seems to be here to take it all and never look back. Anderson is returning to Newcastle for next season, though it’s not quite clear if he will remain on Tyneside or if the Magpies—Eddie Howe approving—will look to move him elsewhere on another season-long loan spell.