Even if you are a Newcastle reserve, you can still go on and become a full International, as goalkeeper Rob Elliot has just proved over the weekend.
Newcastle’s Rob Elliot – during National Anthem – before Turkey game
New Ireland manager Martin O’Neill had called up Rob, and he had to miss his own bachelor night in Las Vegas to make the squad.
And to think we used to have our bachelor nights (stag parties) at a local pub in Newcastle.
Rob played the whole game in the 2-1 loss against Turkey at the Aviva Stadium in a friendly game over the weekend, and this is what the 28 year-old tweeted after his debut:
“Great to make my international debut. Gutted about the result! Thanks for all the comments and support!! #proud.”
Former Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill had only praise for the goalkeeper for his complete commitment:
“You cannot question Rob’s commitment,” “I’d have missed my own honeymoon to play an international match. I’d have delayed it by 12 years in actual fact!”
Rob will not be involved in Saturday’s game against Italy at Craven Cottage, because that’s when he will be getting married, but he’s delayed his honeymoon (that can be dangerous), but he says his fiancée is fine with it (that’s good):
“My fiancee’s OK with it all and says it’s a good opportunity for me. We’ve delayed the honeymoon.” “I want to show to everyone I do want to be a Premier League number one.”
“I’m not happy just to sit and be a number two. I really want to push Tim.” “Tim’s a fantastic keeper, so I know I need to raise my game every time I get the chance.”
Rob has always played well when he’s come into the Newcastle first team, and he also seems he has raised his ambitions at Newcastle.
But he is still the number two behind Dutch International Tim Krul, but he will no doubt come back to pre-season fighting for that number one jersey at Newcastle – and that’s the way it should be.
And finally, we wish Rob all the best in his married life, and we have one solitary statement that we’ve found just about sums up married life:
“If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
Rob, it’s worth remembering that.
All the very best.