It was really good news today that Jack Colback has been included in the latest England squad, which is rebuilding after the hugely disappointing performances in the World Cup in brazil over the summer, when we couldn’t advance from our group and didn’t win a game.
Jack Colback – in England squad
Alan Pardew was delighted with the inclusion of the Killingworth lad and he had this to say today:
“He’s a terrific player, the last time we won a World Cup we had a ginger in Alan Ball. Now we’ve got another one. About time.¨ “When we spoke to him, I said to him I think you should set your sights on the England team because from what I’ve seen of you and the profile you’re going to have here, it’s going to give you a massive chance of it.¨
“It has come a lot sooner than I thought, but he played very well in pre-season so the timing of it is good for him. He’s ready.¨ “The extra profile you have as an England squad member makes you grow as an individual and on the playing side it gives you a feeling of confidence, that the manager of England selects you.¨
¨That comes with a certain assurance in your own ability.”We’re very fortunate to have him. I’m looking forward to seeing him. I hope he gets a chance to get some part of the game in these two matches.¨ “I said to him they had called and asked about his fitness because he had a knock this week.¨
¨I suggested ‘That’s good, the radar’s on you.’ As I said it’s a little bit sooner than I expected but it’s great for him and his family and great for this area. It’s great we have players from the North-east in the England team.”
“The beauty is that it depends on the opposition, you can pencil him in to do a number of roles. If you’re the dominant force, then he might take a more defensive position because his passing range is fantastic, a bit like Yohan Cabaye’s.¨
“He also can carry a threat when teams are more assertive. For us, we can offer him a more forward role where he can use his energy.¨ “He has just got a great all-round ability. I’m not sure where England will have plans for him, but what I do know is number four, or number eight, he can do either of those quite comfortably.¨
“He’s our player but of course only six months ago he was at Sunderland so they have to take some credit as well. For North-east football it’s important that players from Newcastle and Sunderland are recognised therefore Jack’s an important figure in the England party.”
And Jack has the character, work ethic and skills to even become a regular England player, and he could be a big surprise when he starts to wear the England jersey.
And the big news doing the rounds is that England’s manager Roy Hodgson has said this about Jack:
¨Someone who knows him very well called Jack the “ginger Pirlo” – let’s hope that becomes true.¨
That’s praise indeed, and probably not warranted by Jack – yet.
We’ve been very surprised at just how good his passing is, and as Alan says, he can also fill a number of roles in the side – both attacking and defending, and while at Sunderland he played at left back, although that seems a waste of his skills.
He’s made a great start to his Newcastle career, and he will realize he made a terrific move to come to Newcastle United from Sunderland, as a free agent.
Wonder how much he would be worth in the transfer market now, especially if he picks up his first English cap in the two week International break?
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