We were full expecting Jack Colback to pick up his first England cap against Norway tonight at Wembley before he was ruled out because of injury.
Jack Colback – Newcastle midfielder
However the injury is reported as only minor and Jack picked up a slight knock in training and manager Roy Hodgson has said the game against Norway will come a day early for the Newcastle man.
But Jack will remain with the squad and should be available for England’s first Euro 2016 qualifying game at Switzerland on Monday night, which could be a difficult game for us.
However, it was always more likely he would be selected for his first cap in a friendly game than a competitive tie, but it depends on how impressive Jack is in training before Monday.
This is what Jack has said in the Shields Gazette today:
“Things are going well – I couldn’t have asked for much more,” “The fans have been great since I came.” “All I want to do is pay them back with some wins, and the England thing is a massive bonus.”
“Obviously, I wasn’t expecting it, but I got the call and I was over the moon.” “Alan Pardew just pulled us to one side in the morning and said that England had been on the phone to check that I was fit, but he wasn’t sure if I’d be in the squad or not.”
“It was obviously a surprise, but it shows that if you’re doing well, you’ve got a chance.” “It’ll be a good experience for me. Hopefully, I can get some game time.”
“Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard retiring has left a massive hole,” “It gives people who maybe weren’t expecting it a chance.” “It would be nice to get some game time and a cap, but I won’t be classing myself as an England international just yet.
“I’ve got a chance to go in there and hopefully impress, and hopefully get in squads in the future.” “If I can play a few games, maybe I can be called that.”
There has been criticism of Colback’s call up by some journalists, but it will depend on how Jack plays in an England shirt.
We have so many good English players who have hardly ever produced their best club form while wearing the England shirt and we’ve always thought players should be selected for England depending on their England performances, and some players excel in an England shirt.
Jack has certainly excelled so far in a Newcastle shirt, and we see no reason why he cannot become a good player for England long term.
What do you think?
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