Newcastle United internationals: Teen prodigy scores twice, £40m star shines & pre-Copa America misery

How each of Newcastle's stars performed on international duty.How each of Newcastle's stars performed on international duty.
How each of Newcastle's stars performed on international duty. | Wolves via Getty Images
Nine Newcastle United stars have been included in their international squads this month

A total of nine Newcastle United stars are currently in action for their countries in a hectic month of international football featuring the start of the Euro 2024, the Copa America and a host of crucial World Cup qualifiers.

Bruno Guimaraes is playing for a Brazil side that will expect to reign supreme in the Copa America while Anthony Gordon and Kieran Trippier are both representing an England side that are among the favourites win Euro 2024 and end their 58-year wait for silverware.

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Here we take a look at each of Newcastle’s international stars and how they performed:

Yankuba Minteh - Gambia

The standout performer so far during the international break has been teenage prodigy Yankuba Minteh. The 19-year-old starlet, who returns from a productive loan spell in the Eredivisie, has enjoyed a year to remember at club level, smashing in 10 goals in 27 appearances for Feyenoord.

The Magpies are in the market for a right sided winger and have been linked with Jarrod Bowen in recent weeks, but Minteh’s form is hard to ignore and he has once again sent a statement out to Eddie Howe by impressing at international level.

Minteh scored in both of Gambia’s World Cup qualifiers this month. He netted the third from close range during a 5-1 win over Seychelles and netted the opener against Gabon in a tightly-fought 3-2 defeat. However, his side are already trailing group leaders Ivory Coast by seven points after just four games in the race to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

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Bruno Guimaraes - Brazil

Bruno Guimaraes featured in both of Brazil’s pre-tournament friendlies ahead of the Copa America. The Newcastle star was given a cameo from the subs bench during his side’s 3-2 win over Mexico and was included in the starting line-up for a 1-1 draw with USA as his intervention helped create Rodrygo’s opening goal.

Miguel Almiron - Paraguay

Paraguay face an uphill task at the Copa America as they go head to head with Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica in the group stage. Their preparations didn't go to plan as Miguel Almiron made appearances in a 0-0 draw with Peru and a 3-0 loss to Chile.

Alexander Isak and Emil Krafth - Sweden

As he has done virtually all season, Alexander Isak was one the scoresheet for Sweden as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Denmark. The 24-year-old was also a second half substitute during a friendly against Serbia as they suffered a 3-0 defeat. Sweden, who are not competing in Europe this summer, started Krafth and he played the full 90 in both contests.

Martin Dubravka - Slovakia

Slovakia prepared for the Euros with comprehensive 4-0 victories over San Marino and Wales. Martin Dubravka played the full game against Wales as his side breezed to victory.

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Anthony Gordon and Kieran Trippier - England

England’s pre-tournament preparations were a mixed bag. Kieran Trippier started the match against Bosnia at St James’ Park and helped England to a clean sheet in a comfortable 3-0 victory. Anthony Gordon started alongside Trippier against Iceland but neither were able to prevent the Three Lions from falling to a shock 1-0 defeat at Wembley Stadium.

Fabian Schar - Switzerland

Newcastle defender Fabian Schar played the full match as Switzerland earned a comfortable 4-0 win over Estonia. The 32-year-old was rested for the second pre-tournament friendly as his side earned a 1-1 draw against Austria.

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