With qualification drawing to a close, we take a closer look at the Toon stars who could be in France for the 15th UEFA European Championships.
Hosts France have several natives currently plying their trade on Tyneside, including Moussa Sissoko, Florian Thauvin, Yoan Gouffran, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Emmanuel Riviere, and Massadio Haidara.
Despite this wealth of talent, it’s most likely that midfielder Sissoko will be the sole representative of The Magpies in Les Bleus camp.
If anybody were to join him, the smart money would be on pacey winger Thauvin, who is yet to make the step up from the country’s Under-21 side, but has come close in the past. Consistency is the key for 22-year-old, with coach Didier Deschamps looking for speed in his squad.
Defender Paul Dummett has just two caps to his name, but has impressed at both left-back and centre-back this year at St. James’ Park. The 23-year-old has overcome long-term injuries to have a prolonged run in the first-team and won his second cap last Friday in a 3-2 defeat to Holland. Should this form continue, there is no doubt the academy product will be on Chris Coleman’s squad list in June.
24-year-old Shane Ferguson has had little first-team action at Newcastle, making 32 first team appearances since his debut in 2010. However, the Derry resident is currently on loan at League One side Millwall and a regular run of games will go a long way towards helping him add to his 22-cap haul.
His ability to play both at left-back and left-wing will fall in his favour, along with the small pool of players that Northern Ireland currently has to pick from. He has made four appearances for the Green & White Army and was part of their recent squad for a friendly against Latvia.
Only a drastic dip in form would prevent him from being involved in the Championships next year.
Republic of Ireland
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot has thrown his name in the hat for Euro 2016 thanks to a run of games in Newcastle’s first-team. Currently on three caps, Elliot would most likely be on the bench in France, but with rivals Darren Randolph and Shay Given both lacking action for West Ham United and Stoke City respectively, he could force himself into contention to start, especially given his recent form.
However, this all depends on whether the 29-year-old can stop fellow reserve keeper Karl Darlow from taking his place at Newcastle, with both fighting to play in light of Tim Krul’s long-term injury.
Elliot’s fate is in his hands, with June approaching.
Set to miss out
The Netherlands' failure to qualify means a whole host of Toon stars are going to miss next year’s tournament. Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Georginio Wijnaldum and Vurnon Anita would have been certain to pull on the famous orange jersey, but must now sit in front of the TV at home with the rest of us.
Similarly, the absence of Serbia means striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will have to wait four more years if he is to make his debut at a European Championships.