Newcastle new signing rewarded with international call-up
By Will Butcher
Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels could be in line for his first Belgium cap, as new manager Roberto Martinez has announced his first squad.
The Belgians host Spain in a friendly before travelling to Nicosia to face Cyprus in the first of their World Cup qualifying fixtures.
WorldSoccerTalk reported the former Gent goalkeeper has been called up alongside fellow England-based goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet.
The 24-year-old has started all four of Newcastle’s Championship fixtures this season, keeping a clean sheet in his last game against Bristol City.
Sels was the first signing in manager Rafa Benitez’s revolution this summer, joining for around £4.5million after an impressive spell in Belgium with Gent.
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The former Lierse goalkeeper put pen to paper on a five-year deal at St. James’ Park and is set to make his fifth appearance for the Magpies against Championship high-flyers Brighton.
The squad announcement from former Everton manager Martinez comes on the same day that he announced former Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry will become his assistant manager.
Henry took to Twitter on Friday to thank the new manager for the opportunity, and said that he can’t wait to get started in the new role.
Honoured to be assistant coach @BelRedDevils. Thanks to Roberto Martinez & the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited.Can't wait.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) August 26, 2016
Martinez and Henry make their Belgium debuts next Thursday and are expected to field a strong starting eleven against Spain.