Newcastle Player Named In England Squad


Roy Hodgson watched Jack Colback play against Aston Villa last Saturday, and we pointed out Roy would have been impressed with what he saw and would you believe it – Jack is in the England squad.

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Jack Colback in action in pr-season

Jack was second in our Man of the Match poll last Saturday and this is what we said about him:

¨Jack has 24% and was as consistent as ever, and now we know why his passing rate is close to 90% – he hardly ever puts a pass astray and we think England manager Roy Hodgson would have been impressed with what he saw from the Killingworth lad.¨

It says something when you have been at Newcastle for a few months and you get into the England squad, and it’s about time Newcastle had a player in the England squad.

Newcastle is a (very) high visibility (high profile) club if not a top six club, and maybe that’s something Loic Remy doesn’t quite understand.

Wayne Rooney has been made captain replacing Steven Gerrard and that’s another good choice, and there are three other new players in the squad – Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Tottenham’s Danny Rose, who had a great game against QPR last weekend.

20 year-old defender John Stones of Everton is also back in the squad.

England will take on Norway in a friendly on September 3rd, and then we play Switzerland in the first European 2016 qualifier five days later.

Here is the full squad named by England manager Roy Hodgson:

Goalkeepers:  Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Ben Foster

Defenders:  Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Calum Chambers, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Danny Rose, John Stones

Midfielders:  Jack Colback, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere

Forwards:  Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck

Congratulations to Jack for being called up by England, and we hope he’s fit enough to play on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

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118 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Well done to Jack.

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  • Average_Contents

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    OP

    Woy said it’s not just his two games for us its his form from 5under1and too

    Sort this desktop shite out please ed as your denying the rest of the bloggers my expert posts and analysis

    Well done ginger ninja

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  • G

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope he gets a bit of 3 lions game time. Even if it’s just in the friendly, it would be nice to see it happen.

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Plays like Nicky Butt for mine, who had his critics, quite unfairly in my opinion. Clearly a good player and its a good time to get called up, with the retirement of Gerrard and Lampard and what with Wilshere not grasping his opportunities and England looking like they might be a decent side in the making.

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  • Slank

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Fully deserved.

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has agreed to join Marseille.Fee to be agreed.Virgil van Dijk lined up as replacement

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  • toonking

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    OP
    the important thing about having colback called up into the england squad is it means players will finally be confident enough to join a club in the north east of england without having to worry about putting risk to there international hopes. Back in 2010 darren bent was englands most on form striker going into the world cup, when the squad selection came, fabio cappello said “if you want to play for england you will need to move out of the north east” and ever since that day the north east has been viewed as a bad place for england internationals now things might be changing as we are now seeing players getting call ups when they have remained in the north east all there career.

    the other thing about this call up is now colback himself knows he has a chance of an england career ahead of him so if he wants to get ahead of players such as henderson, wilshire, ox, sterling and townsend then he knows it’s going to mean great performances each and every week at club level.

    also there are lots of players missing through injury ie walcott, Carrick , Lallana and Rodriguez. so this is the chance colback needs to take.

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    if not virgil van dijk vogel von doink
    ffin no chance

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  • G

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9

    @ 7, an intelligent post. Crikey, am I on the wrong blog?

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  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Ac

    That’s fair enough mate 🙂

    Was going out but waiting a hr…

    Pardew has said “Obertan is a important member of the squad”

    The only words if have used is “Obertan is a member”

    People wonder why people can’t be arsed with Pardew, well this sorta stuff is why. The lads bonk yet gets game after game and others who ate better or have potential aren’t even tried. So we get to watch Oba running up and down doing very little except sweat.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Great to see colback called up.

    Only surprise was shawcross not being selected, he’s been consistent for a few years now. Maybe he needs to move to the north east then to make the squad. And no not that little team down the road.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #12

    So are we soon to be able to include Jack as another internationally experienced player that Pardew can’t get a team to play attacking football with?

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  • chenz7

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    that’s his reward for joining a big club …well done jack colback …of Newcastle and england

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  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #14

    optimistic
    Glad u read it,but still doubt u don’t understand it..
    if u don’t understand what true pure fan means,go and ask ED,he’ll tell you bcoz I believe he is..
    I am still support AP though, I am his translator..
    hehehehehehehehehehehe………….
    ,does anybody have problem with that??????????

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  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Toonking

    If that’s the case I don’t care!

    England are CRAP and have only had one world class player dice Gazza and that’s Ashley Cole arguably the best LB of his generation even though he’s a twat.
    You could argue for Scholes but that’s it!

    And rember world class means walk into any team in the world not because he’s international class because if that was the case Sholas world class!

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  • geordie157

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #16

    So mbiwa looks to be going out on loan.

    Wonder if we’ll go for van dijk or just do a loan move for someone like Coates.

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  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #17

    According to Sky Sports our odds of getting a player to sign for before 2nd September 2014 are as follows:

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 3/1
    Christian Benteke: 6/1
    Jason Puncheon: 18/1
    Scott Sinclair: 12/1
    Troy Deeney: 22/1
    Joel Campbell: 8/1
    Salomon Kalou: 28/1
    James Milner: 25/1
    Loic Remy: 6/4
    Danny Welbeck: 8/1
    Karim Benzema: 16/1 (LOL)
    Micah Richards: 4/5

    Thoughts?

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  • peterk3

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Very well done Jack, Congratulations.

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  • toonking

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #19

    LR32

    can you not go 1 day without thinking about the manager of your dreams.

    do you really follow football?
    this is england, yes england- a team that normally is packed with manure, city, liverpool, spurs, arsenal and chelsea players even benched ones are choosen over starting teams below them.

    so for once in your life fcuk this sh1t manager and enjoy the positive bit of news.

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  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Toonking

    I’ll give you it’s better choosing English players from different clubs other than the top 5 or 6. But England have been starved of decent talent for years.

    That’s why we shop abroad as you can get a much better player for a fraction of the price.

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  • toonking

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #21

    OP
    no mate i will not take any of that because if it will only need a world class manager to transform a newcastle team into a quality team then why can’t the same be said about england because they too have appointed poor managers and when sir bobby robson was manager england too had a great team.

    newcastle need to use youth and cheap imports to build the team and can expect a incredible team to be made with a world class manager, well england work just the same so them players too have just been hogsoned, cappelloed or svened.

    top class would mean they would join any club not newcastle.

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  • toonking

    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #22

    robson himself was not the poor manager it was the ones who came after him.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #23

    toonking@19 – it was interesting looking at Ed’s piece on Jack signing on June 24 th- :

    74Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    “Determination, drive and competitiveness doesn’t just turn draws into wins. Skill, awareness of situations, movement, finishing and communication does.

    More quotes to demonstrate Pardew’s lack of ideas and plump for hard-workers sloggers rather than creativity and attacking flair.

    Colback is squad padding. Decent, but that is it. Not the type of signing we need when the squad isn’t very big and we haven’t signed anyone in the last two transfer windows.”

    He’s not alone the usual suspects show the same depth of analysis as a frozen fish finger.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Toonking, whilst you have been in dreamland gazing into Alan’s hypnotic eyes, I’ve had my season ticket for over 20 years, being a vocal supporter regardless of the hammerings and embarrassments we’ve had over the years.

    I keep up to date with football news daily, hence being on here.

    Now, our team who I follow daily revolve around the direction of a tubby, money hungry man and his propaganda puppet, Pardew. They direct the football which I watch.

    If, for the length of time he has been here we generally play awful football, then I will indeed comment that we’ve done just that. If I think Alan is the reason why we STILL look lost on a football pitch, then I will STILL highlight it.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Ian, squad padding, because he isn’t better than Tiote or Sissoko, or Cabella or Siem. He fills out the bench.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Good news if true, and if so would expect us to bring in Van Dyk or even better Richards, even Satko or Good at this stage I’d consider preferable to Mbiwa, who was simply woeful on more than one occasion for us, and always looked edgy, prone to error and awkward to me. Good luck to him, obviously a decent player in other circumstances, but not quite good enough for Newcastle on what he’s shown in his time here.

    ….Jimmy, totally agree with that. He always looked nervous. Never good in a centre half. I wrote a small ( negative ) critique on Mbiwa earlier aswell. Obvioulsy Pardews fault for buying him, or not developing him. Obviously.

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  • Big Foot

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #27

    ‘Highlight it’ Again and again and again and again and again …………………………..

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #28

    jimmy Smith – I can see the similarity but Jack is a better passer. He’s probably a better athlete as well. He was outstanding in the Derby game. It’s great for him and good for the club.

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  • toonking

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #29

    ian
    you only need to go back 1 page and you’ll see the same people deciding to drop our best looking player of the season so far, thats right colback!

    ————-Sissoko———–Tiote——————

    ——–HBA——–De Jong——–Cabella——–

    ————————Remy————————–

    Bench: Elliot,M’biwa,Santon,Anita,Colback,Rivierre,Cisse

    And that is without the likes of Aarons,Gouffran, Obertan, Perez and a few others .

    That is much better than we had under Sir Bobby IMO and should be pushing for the Champions league.”

    i wonder is it pardew alone they hate or do they actually hate british?
    dummett-already rubbish, just as much time as hadaira and less conceded

    colback- best looking player so far and he still should be dropped, HBA just scores 1 wonder goal and he is messi.

    mbiwa-might make mistakes but it’s pardew, willo and saylor will be at fault themselves for there mistakes.

    there are some foreign players who are not favourites but again it gets linked with pardew in some way or another.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #30

    ‘Highlight it’ Again and again and again and again and again …………………………..’

    Bigfoot, yes. Whilst everyone continues to watch the record defeats tumbling, again and again and again.

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #31

    @15 op

    thank god for that i was thinking you was just really biased against nufc but you’ve restored my faith your not a troll now 🙂

    support nufc and put em down
    support england and do the same !

    your a half empty kinda guy arnt ya 😉

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Laurent, he’s not filling out the bench now. I would suggest he will very quickly become more important to the team than Sissoko. A super signing. No credit to Pardew for any form of input to the decision though. Obviously.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #33

    He will be a regular in the PL when fit. Because he didn’t cost anything you thought he was a permanent sub at best . Just admit it – just another passing wagon to jump on to crucify the manager.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Ian, completely agree. Well done for having a local lad in the national side. Obviously Pardew has made him worse. Obviously.

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  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Toonking

    Remind me again how many world class English players play in Spain Italy Germany etc?

    How many English players could walk into the Germany Holland Spain or France teams.

    The argument about English players not being good enough to get in those teams have nothing to do with SBR or any other manager it’s down to the fact they are technically inferior to most European country’s,

    A manager can make a team play better and help hone a players technique and skills but who ever gets the England job is already at a disadvantage due to the quality of player he has to select.

    Do you really think because Collback plays here where now going to buy English kids at hugely inflated prices?

    I can tell you now, not on Ashley’s watch.

    The only benefit Colback getting a call up for us is if the likes of Aaron’s or Amstrong get a call up there’s a chance they’ll stay here!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Toonking, you’re deciding a best player in a Pardew team who can barely score goals. Wake up. In a positive team your choice may well go to an attack minded player.

    ————-Sissoko———–Tiote——————

    ——–HBA——–De Jong——–Cabella——–

    ————————Remy————————–

    That would indeed be my team in that formation. A positive and attacking side.

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  • toonking

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #37

    that was a one made by
    Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #38

    ian toon

    while I like collback, is he England quality , well I don’t know , he played in a team that struggled most of a season and now he has joined us , a team struggling,

    now if you look at England as a whole , who do we have that’s good , not many in my opinion , we seem to have a lot of bench warmers for the big clubs, smelling cleverly welbeck carnt even get into a struggling Man U team, so that’s who colback is up against,

    I’m very proud of the fact we have one our own in the England squad , but if I was to take the team back to the 80s90s these guys would not get a look in,

    I could even goes as far as your very own pardew, puts both cabella and SDJ ahead of him as how important they are to the team,

    I rate the kid, had him in my dream team for the second half of last season, but i see where lr32 is coming from

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Toonking, I think some fans seriously overrate our players. Tiote and Sissoko are not great midfielders, and never will be. Neither would be fit to lace Rob Lee’s or Gary Speeds boots IMO. I never felt HBA would make it playing in the hole, as he doesnt have the football intelligence for that. And Sissoko will only make it in the centre for us if he has quality around him. Lovely athlete, i love his runs etc, but he may yet end up wide right and i wouldnt care, once we start to create from the middle of the pitch.

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  • Big Foot

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #40

    LR32, Who says i’m happy with it? I detest the regime and am equally disillusioned with the whole set up. However i can and allow myself also to appreciate the odd bit of positive news relating to our club, they don’t come around very often granted, but at least i enjoy the little rays of sunshine when they do appear. Banging on and on about exactly the same subject obsessively, post after post is neither constructive, interesting or good for your health.

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