Danny Simpson has just returned from his ankle injury which kept him out of the side for a full five months.
Danny Simpson – played well last season
And it seems the news that he was being actively considered for a place in the England squad to play France last week was indeed valid, and we must say he’s played very well since returning to the Newcastle side, and hopefully he will get a lot better as he gets more first team games under his belt.
This is what Danny told Sky Sports today:
“I was not too disappointed to miss out on the England squad but it was nice to be mentioned,” “It was a confidence boost to hear my name mentioned with the England team and it was a bit of a shock.”
“I’ve only just come back from injury and I’m going to get better with the more games that I play.” “Glen Johnson is the No.1 right-back for England and rightly so, but after him, I feel there might be room for me to get in.”
“If I keep playing well then maybe I could get into the squad the next time England play a friendly.” “That is definitely my aim anyway. You have to have belief and confidence in yourself.”
Simpson signed for Newcastle for just £500K from Man United in January, and the 23 year-old Salford-born player has established himself in the first team. Danny’s progress ha been similar to that of Mike Williamson, who cost just £1M from Portsmouth.
Two seemingly great buys for the Newcastle club last January for a cumulative cost of £1.5M – just amazing.
Like any long-term injury, it was a test of Danny’s patience, but since he’s returned he’s had a string of 6 league games at right back in place of James Perch, and has looked very good, and has improved on last season when he played 41 times for Newcastle.
Danny talked about his bad ankle injury:
“I was supposed to be out for six months, but I came back in five,” “The physios here at the club have to take a lot of credit for that. They devised a program which I stuck to and it worked out tremendously.”
“When you’re injured, you’re doing double sessions to get fit. You’re in the gym, swimming or doing your exercises.” “I was doing four or five hours a day to get back but it’s all paying off now and I’m feeling the benefit of all that hard work.”
It’s good that Danny is trying for an England squad place, because the lad is sensible and mature enough to know he will need to keep improving for Newcastle, to play for England.
But if he keeps his head down and listens closely to what manager Chris Hughton tells him, he could well join Andy Carroll in the England squad. Chris of course was a right back at Tottenham and played for Ireland too, so he knows what it takes to be a top class right back.
Certainly if Danny keeps improving like he has since he first arrived at Newcastle about 15 months ago, he’ll have a very good chance of making his ambition come true.