Which Newcastle United players are on international duty this March?
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This March's international break could come as a welcome break for Newcastle United fans who have had to watch some dismal recent displays from their side.

Since the turn of the year, The Magpies have one just twice, and their latest match was arguably the worst showing of the lot as they were thumped 3-0 by Premier League relegation rivals, Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday night.

VAVEL takes a look at which players will be jetting off from the tension at Newcastle's Benton training ground for the next couple of weeks, and who will they be facing in the next round of international matches?

Elliot Anderson 

Some positive news for the club is the international call-up for 18-year-old midfielder Elliot Anderson, who will link up with the England Under-19 squad.

In the past, Anderson has featured for Scotland at youth international level, and he remains eligible to play for both the Scottish and English first teams.

After making a couple of substitute appearances, and impressing on both occasions against Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup and in the league, he has received his first England call-up.

The Whitley Bay born midfielder will team up with Ian Foster's under-19's who play the one friendly in this international break. To avoid any travelling, this is to be played against a young Arsenal side next week. 

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Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark is one of two Magpies heading off to represent the Republic of Ireland this March.

Ireland will not feature at this year's Euros, a shame for their supporters who may have had a chance to watch their national team in Dublin if they had made it to tournament which still remains set to be played all across Europe.

They will be hoping to reach the following tournament however, and they face Serbia and Luxembourg, before rounding off their international fixtures with a friendly against the hosts of that tournament, Qatar. Due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, this will be played in Hungary.

Martin Dubravka

Having returned from a long injury lay-off, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has got his place back as Newcastle's number one, recently returning to replace Karl Darlow who it appears manager, Steve Bruce had lost patience with after a shaky showing in the recent 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The Slovakian, brought in from Slavia Prague by Rafa Benitez in 2018, will join-up with his International team mates for some crucial 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Cyprus, Malta and Russia as they look to secure their place in Qatar next year. 

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Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser has been a regular in the Newcastle side lately following injuries to regular attackers Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson.

Almiron made his return to the team in the thrashing at the AMEX Stadium at the weekend, but with the other two names not expected back for a while longer yet, Fraser retained his place.

Fraser's Scotland host Austria and the Faroe Islands, whilst also making a long trip to face Israel in World Cup Qualifiers with the Scots looking to reach two tournaments in a row having secured their spot at this summer's delayed European Championships. 

Jeff Hendrick

A 2020 summer signing for Newcastle, Jeff Hendrick follows his club teammate Ciaran Clark away on International duty with the Republic of Ireland.

The midfielder has failed to impress Toon fans since his free transfer from Burnley, but he is arguably one of Ireland's most experienced players and still makes the squad. 

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Emil Krafth

Krafth's Sweden have also secured their spot at the Euro's this year and they will be hoping to take their place at the next World Cup too.

Legendary striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has announced that he will step out of international retirement to help his national side and Krafth will be hoping to feature in the same starting eleven as the forward.

The Swedes have two competitive matches, as well as a friendly against Estonia in this International break, with their World Cup Qualifiers coming against Georgia and Kosovo.

Jamal Lewis

Northern Ireland featured in the 2016 European Championships in France, but they will not play at part in this summer's edition.

However, they will be in search of a place at the next World Cup and points in their qualifying group against against Bulgaria and a resurgent Italy.

They will also host the United States in a friendly at Windsor Park in between both of those games. 

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Oisen McEntee

Oisen McEntee is a regular in the Newcastle United under-23 side and he now has a chance to impress on the international stage having been provisionally chosen to represent the Republic of Ireland under-21 side for their upcoming friendly against Wales in Wrexham.

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