Newcastle players who could be at the World Cup


Aleksandar Mitrović - Serbia

Aleksandar Mitrović scored five goals as Serbia topped Group D ahead of Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot's Ireland. This will hopefully be Mitrovic's first international tournament with the Eagles failing to qualify for the 2014 tournament and Euro 2016 since his debut for the senior side in June 2013. He set up Aleksandar Prijović's winner against Georgia in their final qualify which saw Serbia qualify for their first tournament since the 2010 World Cup and recently scored in a 2-0 friendly win against China.

Matz Sels - Belgium

Sels is currently struggling on loan at Anderlecht and has yet to win a cap for the Belgium senior side but could still be called up to the Red Devils' World Cup squad as a back-up keeper to Simon Mignolet and Thibaut Courtois, don't expect him to play a single minute if he does get picked by Roberto Martinez though. Belgium topped Group H by nine points and won nine out of their ten games.

Achraf Lazaar - Morocco

It's unlikely considering Achraf Lazaar's last call up to the Morocco side came against Canada in October 2016 but the Atlas Lions beat the Ivory Coast 2-0 in their final qualifier to reach the tournament for the first time since 1998 but he'll need improve his form with Benevento if he wants to get into the side.

Henri Saivet - Senegal

Mohammed Diame retired from Senegal duty in March but Henri Saivet featured for the Lions of Teranga during in the African Nations Cup earlier this year and they're only two points away from securing a place at only their second World Cup finals. He hasn't been called up to their squad since June 2017.

Jonjo Shelvey - England

Judging by Gareth Southgate's recent quotes on why he hasn't picked Jonjo Shelvey for England, he probably won't be going to the World Cup but if he keeps getting better throughout the season, he could easily be in the squad although surely Southgate won't have the sense to pick him over Jordan Henderson.

Jamaal Lascelles - England

Surely Jamaal Lascelles will have to get a call-up in a friendly with his form so far this season. It will be difficult considering the Three Lions recently kept clean sheets against Germany and Brazil but maybe Gareth Southgate could give him a call-up for a pre tournament friendly, these games are the best times to give call-ups to players you're unsure on whether to take to the finals.

Florian Lejeune - France

This is another long shot, especially his poor performance on Saturday but Florian Lejeune's been impressive when fit this season and if he continues to impress, will hopefully get a call-up for a pre tournament friendly and if he impresses in that game, that could hopefully impress Didier Deschamps.

Unfortunately, DeAndre Yedlin, Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie will all be missing out with their countries failing to qualify.

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