It’s hard to argue with the fact that Jack Colback’s move to Newcastle United has been a very good one for the Killingworth lad, and he’s been in great form for the Magpies so far this season, and his England call-up was not all that much of a surprise, especially when Roy Hodgson was at the game last Saturday at Aston Villa, and Jack put in another great display.
Jack Colback in action in pre-season
It seems that playing for a high-profile club like Newcastle United has helped Jack get an England call-up, which he has fully deserved.
It’s also true that Jack played very well for Sunderland last season, and we’re sure England manager Roy Hodgson was keeping tabs on him last season too.
He’s a terrific passer of the ball, and hardly seems to put a foot wrong when he receives the ball and passes it around to his team mates.
Newcastle manager Pardew has said this about Jack’s England call-up on Thursday:
“It’s great for north-east football, because he did a lot of this to earn his call-up at Sunderland,” “I think he’s ticked a couple of boxes here, though, that are important for an England manager. “
“One, he has moved to a local rivals and he has handled it well; and then he has come into our team and played well, and that has ticked another box for the England manager.”
“When you go to England, you have to show that you have got a personality to deal with all the pressure that comes with playing for England.
“There’s the extra media spotlight, the extra spotlight of analysts and the experts in the studio, and I think the move to us underlined the fact that he can deal with that.”
And at least Gus Poyet and some reporters are talking about why Lee Cattermole wasn’t called up, and it’s true that Lee has played well all this year.
But from what we’ve seen of Lee he can be a liability to a team, and seemingly can get sent off at any time with those wild tackles of his, and we still remember when he almost crippled Joey Barton back in November of 2008 when he was playing for Wigan, and he should have been sent off.
Barton was out for months and months with that ankle injury.
Of course since then Lee has managed to get himself sent off far too many times, and he still needs to improve his discipline before Hodgson will ever pick him for an England squad, but it is true he is looking a very good player at the moment.
England play Norway in a friendly at Wembley next Wednesday night, and then we start our European 2016 qualification campaign against Switzerland in Basel on Friday, September 8th.
We expect Colback to get his first cap for England – probably in the friendly against Norway.
Hexham-born former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster, now at Southampton could also pick up his third cap in the game against Norway.
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