Most of the news this morning is about England’s second convincing 3-0 win. The one last night against a good Russia side coached by Dutchman Gus Hiddink.
Michael Owen of course scored 2 great opportunist goals in the first hal;f and Rio Ferdinand scored his second gaol for England close to the end. These 2 wins should go far in seeing England qualifying for the finals next year.
Michael now has 40 goals for England and is only 9 short of the great Bobby Charlton’s record.
- Just a great win by England last night in which Newcastle’s Michael Owen scored two great opportunist goals in the first half that all but sealed the win for England. Michael played very well alongside his old team-mate Emile Heskey. Also playing well for England were Ashley Cole, Wright-Phillips, Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry – who had another great game for England. But Owen was the star of the show and it was a good show from England – probably one of their best performances for a long long time.
Michael Owen – celebrates scoring yet another goal for England
- We report this morning on the clamor now surrounding Michael Owen after his world class finishing last night for England. We point out that as this news goes world-wide it’s great publicity for Newcastle because obviously he will always be linked with Newcastle United – just like Alan Shearer was. It lets the club be much better known on the global stage and that’s only good for the Newcastle United brand. We also talk of course at what a great comeback Michael has made – both for England and Newcastle.
Michael Owen – great for England and for Newcastle United worldwide
- Quite a few of our players are played last night in various internationals:
- Michael Owen – England Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Russia (h) (Wembley) – obviously had a great game in England’s classic 3-0 win over Russia
- David Rozehnal – Czech Republic Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Ireland (h) (Prague) – good win for the Czech Republic 1-0 which almost guarantees their place in next year’s finals
- Shay Given – Republic of IrelandWed 12th Sep, 2007 v Czech Rep (a) (Prague) -1-0 defeat makes it almost impossible for Ireland to qualify next year for the Euro finals
- Emre – Turkey Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Hungary (h) (Istanbul) – Emre played the second half in Turkey’s 3-0 romp against Hungary
- Charles Nâ€™Zogbia – France U21s Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Malta (a) (Valetta) – Charles played the first half and then was withdrawn shortly after the second half began – France beat Malta 2-0 with a goal in either half.
Shay Given – Ireland will find it almost impossible to qualify for European finals
- We ran a late article yesterday afternoon on an interview with David Rozehnal. He talked about 2 upcoming games including the one last night when the Czech Republic defeated Ireland 1-0 in a game that Shay Given was also involved in. That defeat probably almost certainly gives Ireland no chance now of qualifying for next years finals. They are 6 points behind the Czechs with only 3 games to go and have a lot worse goal difference. David also talks about two upcoming games with Newcastle. One is next Monday’s Derby County games and then the 3rd round of the Carling Cup where he will be up against Tomas Rosicky. Tomas is of course a team mate of David’s on the Czech Republic team.
David Rozehnal – looking forward to Newcastle’s next games
- We have a good interview with Sam Allardyce today where he says every player in his squad will need to fight for the shirt. If players have played well while in the team they will probably keep their places. There’s really no other way to run a squad. It’s something Steve McClaren should heed because the players who have come in for the injured stars have performed just excellently and should really keep their places for the next game in October.
Sam points out that we haven’t yet seen much at all of Beye, Faye, Enrique and Barton and they will all need to fight their way into the team. Sounds good to us.
Sam Allardyce – every player will have to fight for the Newcastle shirt – good
- We have an article today where we talk about the fact that it’s important that Newcastle now tie up to the club on long term contracts Steven Taylor, Obafemi Martins and of course, Michael Owen. We don’t see any real problems with the first two but it may be a little too early to talk to Michael Owen. However, his initial two year contract has less than 2 years to run and yet he has still only played for Newcastle a handful of games. But with Michael looking so good he will obviously attract some of the major clubs now that he has proved he is indeed back to his best. We think that Michael is happy at Newcastle and we expect him to sign a long term contract before the January transfer window opens. Both Oba and Michael need to have those release clauses excluded from their new contracts.
Oba Martins – needs to renew his Newcastle contract along with Taylor and Owen
- We run an article on Steve McClaren and what he may have learned over the last two games with England. We think the players he selected did a great job for England unlike a lot of times in the past. So shouldn’t Steve reward the players by keeping the same team for the next qualifying game in October? We think so but it will be interesting to see if McClaren folds when stars Rooney, Beckham, Lampard, Neville and Hargreaves are all available. Just like Big Sam at Newcastle tells all his players they have to fight for the shirt so should Steve on the England stage. Then there’ll be no doubt who’s in charge at England – just like there’s absolutely no doubt who the boss is at Newcastle 😀
Steve McClaren – will he keep faith in players who produced when it mattered?
- What’s being discussed on our Newcastle United Blog?
Here’s some of the recent and popular discussions going on:
- A discussion on last night’s England Russia game on Wednesday
- Discussion of the next league game with Derby County at Pride Park
- Will Michael Owen be as good as before he was injured?
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- Here’s some choice football quotes. These are to lighten up the day 😀
“My mom has four sons, so it’s not hard to find out I have four brothers” – Bobby Robson
“One day, someone will end a football game scoring more than Brazil and that might be the time they lose” – Bobby Robson
“If you can’t stand the heat in the dressing room, get out of the kitchen.” – Terry Venables
“There are two ways of getting the ball. One is from your own team-mates, and that’s the only way.” – Terry Venables
- Just a heads up that we’ve added some new statistics to try to compare how we are doing this year to previous seasons. We thank one of readers, Simon, for suggesting this via the contacts form. The league table doesn’t tell the whole story since it depends on which teams we have played to date. We have added a page that compares our results this season with the last two seasons. As an example for the Bolton game away we’ll look at how we did in the previous two seasons and put the points we got. Once we meet a promoted team (like Derby on Monday) we’ll compare them with a specific relegated team from last season. It seems to give a quick snapshot as to how we are doing relative to the last two seasons. Here’s the table as it stands now after our first 4 games – we’re not too much better as it turns out.
Fixture 05-06 06-07 07-08 Bolton - A 0 0 3 Aston Villa - H 1 3 1 Middlesbrough - A 3 0 1 Wigan - H 3 3 3 TOTAL Points 7 6 8