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Botman makes World Cup squad, Howe and Conte speak ahead of Sunday clash

David D · Friday 21st October 2022
Botman makes World Cup squad, Howe and Conte speak ahead of Sunday clash

FRIDAY'S NEWSFLASH

Botman part of Netherlands Provisional World Cup Squad

  • Sven Botman has made place in Netherlands' provisional squad for Qatar World Cup
  • Louis van Gaal has rewarded the 22-year old for some stellar performances of late
  • The 39-man list of names will be reduced to 26 ahead of the tournament
  • Botman has played in every age group for his country, and captained the U21s
  • He was called up to the full squad in 2020, but is yet to win his first full cap

Howe speaks to the media ahead of Spurs trip

Conte sees Toon as a big threat for the future

  • Speaking in his press conference ahead of Sunday's clash, Conte feels NUFC are a danger
  • Thinks we'll soon be competing with them for Champions League qualification and titles
  • He anticipates a difficult game on Sunday, saying his team needs to be "ready to fight"
  • Spurs will be without Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison, and Lucas Moura for the visit of the Magpies

Toon in training

  • The usual pre-game training photos have hit the airwaves
  • Jonjo Shelvey is a welcome sight after a long injury layoff
  • Could be in contention for Sunday's game, but Howe is being understandably cautious
  • Anderson, Trippier, Murphy, Schar, and Fraser all look sharp
  • You can find more pictures on the club website

More backroom additions to strengthen United

  • Geordie Adam Bartlett has stepped up to become Head of Goalkeeping
  • The former Blyth Spartans, Gateshead, and Hartlepool stopper takes over from Simon Smith
  • Baghdad-born Shwan Jalal, who played under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth, comes in as First Team Goalkeeper Coach
  • He joins following a spell at Stockport County
  • Danny Murphy (not that one) has joined as Head Physio, replacing the retired Derek Wright
  • Murphy has had spells at Charlton Athletic, Sunday opponents Spurs, and the FA
  • Current England U21 physio Nathan Ring also joins
  • He has had spells at Brighton under Dan Ashworth, and British Gymnastics

Saudi trip officially confirmed

  • Following yesterday's news, the club has confirmed the warm-weather training camp
  • The Mags will be on the peninsula from 4-10 December, with a match against current Pro League champions Al-Hilal on 8 December

Reubens continue investment in the city

  • The brothers have confirmed the purchase of the Central Exchange for more than the £11.75m asking price
  • It's a historic piece of prime real estate that spans Grey Street, Market Street, and Grainger Street
  • The iconic JG Windows is a tenant of the building
  • They also own Monument Mall, and the Pilgrim Street site currently seeing development

Friday odds and ends

  • Kieran Trippier and Fabian Schär make WhoScored's team of the week
  • Douglas Luiz will be available for next week's Villa match after his red card appeal was upheld
  • The Magpies' Northumberland FA Senior Cup tie with Whitley Bay has been pencilled in for Wednesday, 23 November at Hillheads Park
  • Could Adam Pearson be off to Saudi Arabia with the lads?