Newcastle player has just been confirmed in his country's World Cup squad
30-year-old Newcastle player has just been confirmed in his country's World Cup squad
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30-year-old Newcastle player has just been confirmed in his country's World Cup squad

Newcastle United defender Fabian Schär has been included in Switzerland’s squad for the upcoming World Cup.

The Swiss national team took to Twitter to share their 26-man shortlist, who will travel to Qatar ahead of the competition’s opening fixture on November 20th.

Quoting the announcement, the Magpies congratulated the 30-year-old on his inclusion.

This comes after Bruno Guimaraes was called up to the Brazil squad, amid further speculation surrounding the likes of Callum Wilson and Dan Burn – who are being touted for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Fabian Schär is going to the World Cup

With the January signing of Burn from Brighton and following the arrival of Sven Botman at St James’ Park, Schär’s place in the Newcastle team was anything but safe heading into the season.

However, having impressed Eddie Howe during the Toon’s pre-season campaign, the Swiss defender was given his chance in the starting XI.

Subsequently, he has started 13 of all 14 Premier League games this term, having played the full 90 minutes in 11 of these clashes.

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Alongside Botman in the heart of the defence, Schar’s technical ability on the ball has been hugely impressive for the north-east outfit. He has demonstrated his confidence to pick out passes from the defence, further illustrating his calm presence in Howe’s back-line.

With Burn also on form, the Toon boss has pushed the Englishman out wide, in order to accommodate the Switzerland international besides the Dutchman in the central areas.

However, having established himself as a mainstay in Howe’s starting XI this season, fans will be worried about Schär picking up an injury whilst on international duty.

As a result, they will have their fingers crossed until he’s on the first flight back home to Tyneside this winter.