From Newcastle to Qatar, here are the five Geordie favourites to play in this year’s World Cup.
Newcastle have had an absolutely stellar season this time out, currently sitting third in the Premier League table. As far as the fans are concerned, they would have loved to carry on playing in the Premier League as they were displaying some fine form before the break.
But the break has to occur, as players will jet off to Qatar to represent their respective countries. For Eddie Howe and Newcastle, he will be watching over five of his players and hoping for some game time without the injuries.
Without further ado, let’s analyse the five Newcastle stars to make their team and countries proud…
Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson (England)
It was no surprise to see Kieran Trippier announced in the England lineup. He has been a revelation for the Magpies this season and he is known to be a favourite of Gareth Southgate’s – having produced some great involvements for England already, he will hope to add to his collection.
Nick Pope is being tipped to play ahead of Jordan Pickford as the Newcastle shot-stopper has been one of the best in the league this season. Southgate is known to stick to his guns with Pickford, though, so whether this happens is a different story.
Callum Wilson will play sporadically. If he does play, it will be from the bench.
Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil)
Bruno deserves to play. He has been absolutely exceptional in black and white this season. However, understandably, the competition is fearsome in the Brazil ranks. Time will tell whether or not he gets the nod on a consistent basis.
Fabian Schar (Switzerland)
Like Bruno, it is hard to tell if Schar will start for his country. He is a great player, but Switzerland have other great names in the same position such as Akanji and Elvedi.
Who are you backing in the World Cup?