We don’t know if Danny Simpson will get a call-up for the England squad tomorrow evening, but even if he doesn’t, the fact that he’s being watched closely by the selectors is still a personal triumph for the Salford-born player.
Danny Simpson – played very well for Newcastle this seaosn
It also shows that Newcastle’s new scouting organization knows a good player when they see one, after Newcatsle paid only £500K for Danny last January when he was signed from Man United.
And Peter Beardsley got it right, when he said that Danny was a much better player than he had realized, after Danny put in some some excellent games for the Newcastle Reserve team, before he made his return to the first team against West Ham United.
Danny’s return also coincided with a 3 game winning streak for Newcastle – brought to an end with the defeat at home to Blackburn on Wednesday.
This is what Danny said today:
“There’s not many English right-backs around in this league, so it wouldn’t be that much of a shock,” “People have always said to me if you do well you might get an England call. It has always been in the back of my mind.”
“I have only been back in three or four games, but a few right-backs have retired. Glenn Johnson is still around but he has been injured.” “It is nice to hear. Any Englishman would like to play for England. I would love to, after my injury and a few games, it is especially nice to hear people talking about me as a possible England player.”
“You can’t get carried away, England people have been to watch Andy and a couple of others who have been doing well, so it is nice to hear my name.” “It would be nice if it wasn’t just a rumour. I don’t think anyone will find out until Friday or Saturday. It would be great, especially with Andy doing well, if we had one in the squad, never mind two.”
It seems as though the news that Danny is being seriously considered by England could well be true, so that’s got to be good for his confidence, although his task this season is still to prove he’s a genuine Premier League class player – although a call-up by England will help with that.
The 23-year-old has now played 45 times for Newcastle with one goal, and he’s always looked a classy player, when he was on loan to several clubs – including Blackburn, Sunderland and Newcastle, until Chris Hughton decided he was good enough for Newcastle to sign permanently last January.
Ever since Danny arrived on Tyneside, he seemed to fall in love with the place immediately, and has always waxed lyrical about Newcastle and its fans – and he’s certainly feels at home in Newcastle.
“I am fortunate I have come back in to a team that has been performing well and England representatives have been watching. If your team is performing well you are going to perform well with them. There is me, Joey Barton, Andy, it is nice to hear.” “Before the game on Wednesday there were rumours which the lads had all heard.”
“It is nice to have that recognition. You just have to keep your head down and not carried away by anything.” “Last season I didn’t feel as good as I have this season. I sorted that out, worked on my fitness, got back in the team. Playing behind Joey has worked well, he has really helped me.”
“I have never played for the Under-21s. I wasn’t playing week in and week out at 19 and 20, so it would be extra special for me to be involved next week.” “At the moment, though, it’s just rumors. I’ll have to wait and see like everybody else.”
Danny needs to keep his feet on the ground, but we’re sure that’s exactly what he will do, and he will need to continue to play well to keep his place in the Newcastle first team, with Steven Taylor now fit and looking for a place anywhere across the back four.
But Danny has been a great signing for the Newcastle club, and one thing is for sure, he’s now worth a lot more than £500K.