Former Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu was playing on the big stage at Euro 2020 against Wales in Baku today.

Mbabu left St James’ Park in 2017 after impressing on his Premier League debut two years earlier.

That day he marked Chelsea star Pedro out of the game in a 2-2 draw on Tyneside.

But he quit due to a lack of first-team opportunities and signed for Young Boys in his native Switzerland.

Mbabu then impressed enough to win a move to the Bundesliga in Germany.

Mbabu helped Wolfsburg to finish in the Champions League places this season after 26 appearances.

Explaining why he quit Newcastle, Mbabu said: “The choice of Newcastle was not very good. But it helps me today. Mentally, I was tested enormously.

"I was injured in England for almost two of the three and a half years, and I had muscle problems all the time.

“Six, seven injuries. Physically, my body was not ready for the intensity in Newcastle training.

"I did not have the best lifestyle and was too busy with too many things.

From left, Switzerland's Kevin Mbabu, Wales' Daniel James and Switzerland's Nico Elvedi go for the ball
From left, Switzerland's Kevin Mbabu, Wales' Daniel James and Switzerland's Nico Elvedi go for the ball

“These can be reasons for injuries.

“Today I try not to repeat the mistakes. “Development shows me that I am not on the wrong track."

Mbabu hinted he would like to play again in England one day.

The 26-year-old said: “My dream is to return to the Premier League.

“But in life, sometimes it does not work the way you want. Every way is different."

Mbabu was sold for a nominal fee by Newcastle. Wolfsburg then paid £8.2million for his services and he’s valued at £12million at the start of Euro 2020.