Kevin Nolan has given up on ever playing for England, and he says he doesn’t qualify to play for the Ireland side either, which has been brought up a number of times because of the heritage of his Grandparents.
Kevin Nolan - Newcastle United captain
And it also looks like downing 14 Guinnesses doesn’t qualify these days either – but maybe downing Irish whiskeys is still part of the qualification process?
This is what Nolan said to the Newcastle Journal this morning about his time at Bolton:
“A lot of people forget Bolton were a very good side when I was there,” “I played with Youri Djorkaeff, Fernando Hierro, Ivan Campo, Jay-Jay Okocha, and with their technical ability we are talking about top-end players who have played at the highest level.”
“I learned from them as much as I could. El-Hadji Diouf won African Footballer of the Year, I have not played with many slouches.” “When a lot of people walk into a club they probably don’t see I am a half-decent player. Once they see me playing alongside them they realize I’m not that bad.”
“Last year we dropped into the Championship and lots of people thought I was finished. I proved I was good enough for that league and I have come back this year.”
“I have got the bit between my teeth. Hopefully for the next couple of years I can prove myself to a few people.”
“England has gone,” “If there was ever a chance it was when Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and people like that were out injured. It is just one of those things. I have just got to get on with it.”
“To be honest, it is quite nice when the international games come along to put my feet up and prepare for the next Newcastle game. Spending a bit of time with my family is nice too.”
“England have got some talented individuals coming through now, like Jack Wilshere. Hopefully they will make things better for England. I still support them. The possibility of playing for Ireland has been brought up a number of times but unfortunately my grandad and my nans are only a quarter Irish, or half Irish, and they need to be fully Irish!”
“I did try and cheat like Tony Cascarino by going over and having 14 Guinesses!”
When Jack Charlton ran the Ireland team, the rumor was if you drank a three Irish whiskeys one after the other – straight down – that proved you must be of sufficient Irish heritage to play for the full Ireland side.
But we suppose times have changed since then.
And Kevin was born in Liverpool – doesn’t that help – it’s a major port on the Irish Sea?
Oh well – we only want Kevin concentrating and playing for Newcastle United over these next few years – that’s far more important these days than being part of an England squad, especially at Kevin’s age – he turns 29 in June.
Kevin still has a good five years at the top for Newcastle United – at least – and we are looking forward to Nolan signing a new long term deal to stay on Tyneside.