Jamaal Lascelles has been interviewed again about his England chances, but it now seems unlikely the Newcastle captain will be able to make the England squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Lascelles has had another excellent season for Newcastle, and he’s a real leader of the Newcastle team both on and off the pitch.
His partnership with Florian Lejeune is growing into a terrific twosome, and we still have Ciaran Clark who lost his place through injury earlier this year.
Jamaal has talked about his England chances but has said he concentrates on playing well for Newcastle every single week.
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This is what the Derby-born player has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“First and foremost, I need to keep playing well for Newcastle every week, trying to finish as high as we can.”
“Then if he decides to select me in the summer, I’d be over the moon.”
“But, again, I’m not going to let my head drop about it if it doesn’t happen, because that’s football.”
“There are other players in my position who are doing really well at their clubs, as we’ve seen by how well they’ve done in the last two friendlies.”
So it would be a nice achievement for me, but, first and foremost, I’m concentrating on doing well for Newcastle.”
We signed both Jamaal and Karl Darlow from Nottingham Forest back in the summer of 2014 for £7M, and that’s turned out to be another bargain buy for the club.
Heaven knows how much Jamaal is worth now in the transfer marker – but Rafa will not sell him.