Some news today, that’s good to report, amidst all the nonsense going on about our own Michael Owen.
First of all Steve McClaren, who visits St. Jamesâ€™ Park on a regular basis, has said that the England door is not closed to anybody, including Joey Barton.
Letâ€™s look at what Steve said and where the remaining Newcastle players are off to this morning with manager Sam Allardyce.
Steve McClaren – Joey would jump at the chance if selected by England
When asked about Newcastle midfield player Barton McClaren said:
“The door’s not closed on anybody â€“ I pick people on their performances for their clubs anyway.â€ “I look at people who are fit, and if they’re doing a job for their clubs then they will be picked for England.“
“I’m sure if Joey’s selected for England, he would jump at the chance.”
Barton fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot in July but came through a full 90 minutes against Rangers on Tuesday and looks to be ready for Newcastle’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur on October 22.
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce and those not on international duty â€“ including Jose Enrique and Cacapa â€“ left early this morning for the Lake District. This 2 day trip will help all the new men in the squad bond together and get to know each other a lot better. Thatâ€™s a vital element right now for the Newcastle squad, since of the 9 players Sam brought into the club by Sa, during the summer, about 6 or more are now starting for the first team.
Have a good trip lads â€“ 3 points at home against Tottenham is next up on the fixture list, and then weâ€™ll be in the top 5.
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