Mixed fortunes for Sunderland and Newcastle stars away on international duty

Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher

SUNDERLAND and Newcastle United stars experienced mixed fortunes while away on international duty for their countries.

The Premier League is currently taking a break for the latest round of international fixtures with several Toon and Black Cats stars away with their national sides.

PRAISED ... Paul Dummett.

PRAISED ... Paul Dummett.

Black Cats pair Steven Fletcher and John O’Shea featured for Scotland and Republic of Ireland respectively in their Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park on Friday night.

But while the Scots won 1-0, it was Fletcher that came of worse, limping off in the 55th minute with a foot injury.

The Sunderland star won’t be risked for Tuesday’s friendly against England.

“We wouldn’t want to risk it for Sunderland,” said Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

Fletcher’s link-up play was praised and he did well in his aerial battle with Sunderland team-mate O’Shea, playing at the back for the Republic.

Scotland won 1-0 thanks to a Shaun Maloney strike in the 75th minute.

Next up for the Republic of Ireland tomorrow night is a friendly with the United States - who have Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore in their ranks.

He impressed US coach Jurgen Klinsmann in their 2-1 friendly defeat to Colombia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage - Altidore putting the Americans ahead from the penalty spot, scoring his 25th international goal.

Newcastle striker Papiss Demba Cisse, who has been troubled by a knee problem in recent weeks, was an unused substitute for Senegal against Egypt at the weekend.

Senegal – who have now qualified for the African Cup of Nations – face Botswana in their qualifier on Wednesday night.

Midfielder Mehdi Abeid suffered a toe injury on international duty with Algeria, ruling the 22-year-old out of their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, Newcastle defender Paul Dummett was an unused sub for Wales in their impressive goalless draw in Belgium which maintained their unbeaten start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.