Internationals. Schär's Switzerland secure last-16 spot

Fabian Schär Switzerland
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Men keeps tabs on the Magpies stars who have been included in their countries' squads for the summer's international action

Fabian Schär

Schär played the full 90 minutes for Switzerland as their final Group A clash at EURO 2024 ended in a dramatic 1-1 draw with hosts Germany.

Dan Ndoye sent the Red Crosses in front inside the opening half hour in Frankfurt before Niclas Füllkrug's stoppage-time equaliser denied Switzerland top spot in the group, meaning Murat Yakin's side will face the runners-up in Group B on Saturday, 29th June.

Last week, Switzerland's second Group A clash at EURO 2024 ended in a 1-1 draw with Scotland, with Schär inadvertently deflected Scott McTominay's shot into the net with 13 minutes on the clock to give the Scots - who are managed by former Newcastle coach Steve Clarke - the lead.

But Xherdan Shaqiri capitalised on Anthony Ralston's loose pass to curl home a magnificent equaliser for Schär's side, who survived a late scare when another ex-United man Grant Hanley headed against the base of the upright.

Switzerland had got off to a fine start in the group stage, beating Hungary 3-1 in Cologne. Schär completed the full 90 minutes for his side, who swept aside their opponents thanks to goals from Kwadwo Duah, Michel Aebischer and Breel Embolo.

Earlier this summer, Switzerland's preparations started with a 4-0 home win over Estonia, with Schär starting the game and coming off in the final stages. He didn't feature in their 1-1 draw with Austria.

Schär, part of his country's impressive run to the EURO 2020 quarter-finals after notably knocking out France on penalties, has 84 senior caps to his name.

Martin Dúbravka

Slovakia slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine on Friday afternoon as Martin Dúbravka's side missed their chance to make sure of their place in the knockout stage of EURO 2024.

Chasing a Slovakian record of four successive international clean sheets, the United goalkeeper started at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf and when Ivan Schranz netted the opener in the first half, things looked good for the impressive Sokoli. But Ukraine's second-half fightback turned the game on its head, as both Mykola Shaparenko and Roman Yaremchuk beat Dúbravka to earn Ukraine the points and leave Slovakia's hopes of progressing hinging on their final group game against Romania.

Slovakia had produced one of the shock results of EURO 2024 so far on Monday when they beat Belgium 1-0 - with Dúbravka keeping a clean sheet to help his side to victory.

Schranz's seventh minute strike separated the sides at the Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, but Roberto Martinez's Belgium twice had the ball in the net through Romelu Lukaku, who saw both of his efforts - including one in the final five minutes - chalked off for infringements.

Their preparations for EURO 2024 could barely have gone better, too, with two 4-0 friendly victories ahead of the tournament.

Dúbravka had remained on the bench as Slovakia eased past Faroe Islands, but played the full game against Wales. He made a superb save to tip Kieffer Moore's header over the bar with the game still goalless before his team-mates began to run riot, and he made another stop from Wes Burns in the second half to fully earn his clean sheet.

Kieran Trippier and Anthony Gordon

Kieran Trippier picked up his 50th England cap on Thursday night - but the Three Lions were held to a 1-1 draw by Denmark in their second EURO 2024 group stage game.

Harry Kane's neat finish got Gareth Southgate's men up and running in Frankfurt on a landmark night for Trippier, who again started at left back.

But Morten Hjulmand's low drive drew Denmark level before the break as England laboured, with the Magpies defender playing the full 90 minutes - while Anthony Gordon remained an unused substitute.

Last weekend, England got off to a winning start at the tournament, as Trippier helped the Three Lions record a 1-0 win over Serbia in their opening game.

Trippier started for his country in Gelsenkirchen and helped England record a clean sheet as Jude Bellingham's winner separated the sides in Group C.

It was a good start for Southgate's men, with Trippier completing the full 90 minutes, while Gordon was an unused substitute.

Before the tournament, the pair became the first two Newcastle players to start together for England since 2007 as the Three Lions took on Iceland at Wembley on Friday evening.

Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson scored the only goal in the 12th minute, but Gordon in particular was a bright spark for Gareth Southgate's team. He and Trippier both came off in the 65th minute; Michael Owen and Alan Smith were the last two Magpies team-mates to start a game for England together, in a 2-1 friendly loss to Germany 16 years ago.

Earlier in the month, Trippier captained England as they beat Bosnia & Herzegovina at St. James' Park.

The Newcastle United defender led his country out for their penultimate warm-up match before EURO 2024, playing for 62 minutes before handing the armband over to Harry Kane following his withdrawal.

Moments earlier, in front of a crowd of 50,061, Cole Palmer had given Southgate's team the lead with a penalty at the Gallowgate End - his first international goal - before Trent Alexander-Arnold volleyed home a second in the 85th minute.

Then Kane added a third from close range in the dying seconds to round off the victory for England.

Gordon missed that game through injury, but was fit to start against Iceland and on a disappointing night he was a positive performer for his country in his third cap.

Miguel Almirón

It was a quiet night for the Newcastle winger on Sunday as he remained an unused substitute in Paraguay's 1-0 friendly win over Panama.

Paraguay, who are preparing for the Copa América, had earlier taken on Peru in a warm-up game last week.

That ended 0-0, with Almirón starting and coming off in the 64th minute in Lima.

The South American forward was then involved in a 3-0 defeat against Chile, introduced at the restart.

Bruno Guimarães

Bruno Guimarães was been named in the Brazil squad ahead of this summer's Copa América finals in the United States.

And he was a 74th minute substitute as his country beat Mexico 3-2 in a friendly on Sunday, ahead of the competition.

The Brazilian started for the five-time world champions in a 1-1 draw against the United States, playing the opening 65 minutes in Orlando before being replaced by Endrick.

The South American midfielder - who covered the most distance of any Premier League player during the 2023/24 campaign (423km) - has been named as part of Dorival Júnior's 23-man squad.

Guimarães, who was named in Brazil's 2022 FIFA World Cup finals squad in Qatar, has 21 senior caps to his name.

Yankuba Minteh

The 19-year-old enjoyed a highly successful loan at Feyenoord last season, and won his fifth cap for Gambia on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier against Seychelles.

And he marked it with his second international goal. He was replaced in the 79th minute of a 5-1 win.

On Tuesday, his country faced Gabon in a CAF World Cup qualifier and the highly-rated winger was on target once more, opening the scoring in Franceville but the Scorpions were edged out in a 3-2 defeat, with Minteh playing the full 90 minutes of the Group F clash.

Jamal Lewis

The full-back spent last season on loan with Watford, and started for Northern Ireland as they took on Spain in a friendly in Mallorca on Saturday.

His side took a shock lead but eventually lost 5-1. Lewis played the whole game.

The Luton-born defender played the full 90 minutes of the Green and White Army's 2-0 win against Andorra on Tuesday evening.

Alex Murphy

The Republic of Ireland Under-21s held off a late fightback from Croatia to win in a friendly 3-2 in Zagreb on Friday evening.

Alex Murphy - who made his Premier League debut for Newcastle last term - came on in the 63rd minute to help his team see the game out.

The Galway-born youngster made his first international start at under-21 level against England's under-20 side, playing 78 minutes of a 2-2 draw against the Young Lions.

Alexander Isak and Emil Krafth

Isak was on target for Sweden as they took on Denmark in Copenhagen on Wednesday evening.

He and Emil Krafth were named in Sweden's 26-man squad for two friendly fixtures in June, and both were named in the starting XI against Denmark.

Isak netted his 11th international goal in the ninth minute to cancel out Pierre-Emile Højbjerg's early opener - but Christian Eriksen scored in the 86th minute. Isak came off in the 70th minute, while Krafth played the whole match.

Then on Saturday, Krafth again played the full game as Sweden were beaten 3-0 at home by Serbia. Isak entered the fray at half time and won man of the match.

Isak, who was nominated for the Premier League's Player and Young Player of the Season after netting 21 English top-flight goals during the 2023/24 campaign, is on 46 senior caps while Krafth, who has represented his country at two major tournaments, has earned 48 senior appearances.

Leo Shahar

The young Lions got off to a flying start in their European Under-17 Championship Group D campaign following an impressive victory against the 2022 champions in Cyprus, with Shahar assisting Mikey Moore's opening goal inside two minutes.

Further strikes from Baylee Dipepa, Moore and Ethan Nwaneri added gloss to the scoreline for Greg Lincoln's side, with Shahar playing the full 90 minutes in Larnaca.

Shahar was then handed another start for England's youngsters as well as playing the full 90 minutes but the Newcastle full-back, who joined the Magpies from boyhood club Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer, ended up on the losing side as they were beaten 4-1.

England then sealed a quarter-final clash with Italy as goals from Shim Mheuka, Moore and Nwaneri proved the difference in a 3-1 win over Spain, with Shahar withdrawn after 72 minutes.

But they were to suffer a heartbreaking exit at the hands of Italy in the quarter-final stages, losing 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Larnaca.

Mattia Liberali's solo finish cancelled out Ethan Nwaneri's opener for the Young Lions before five clinical spot-kicks from their Italian counterparts confirmed England's exit from the competition.

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