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Jose Enrique Pushing For Spanish Cap Next Season

Spain are the rightful World Champions,  and it’s not too often that a country is both the reigning European Champions And World Champions at the same time.

Jose Enrique – can he get Spanish cap?

Of course France did that in 2000, when they won the European Championships having already been crowned as World Champions by beating Brazil in the 1998 final in France.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Seeing Spain win the World Cup is certainly something that any player in that country would want to aspire to.” “Jose had a very good season with us last season.”

“And he’ll be looking for more of the same.” “That’s the same with all of our players.” “But for Jose, he knows that Spain are the best team in the world.”

“He will look at the players in his position and will want to get to that level. I think that’s a normal thing for any top player.”

“The current set of Spanish players have certainly set the bar after winning the World Cup and, of course, the European Championships before that.”

“They’ve dominated in the last few years.” “But it’s certainly an exciting challenge because there are plenty of very good players who didn’t go to the World Cup.”

The man at left back for Spain during the World Cup was Villareal’s Joan Capdevila, and he was OK for the Spaniards, but nothing spectacular.

Joan has 52 caps for Spain with 4 goals, and cannot have too long left in Spain’s colors, given his age, so it will be an excellent opportunity for Jose to push for a starting place next season.

A good season back in the Premier League for Jose will be  a good start,  because there will be ample publicity back in Spain,  if he does well for Newcastle next season, and especially if Newcastle surprise a lot of people by doing better than expected.

That’s what we are hoping of course, but we all know that Jose is one of the best players at Newcastle right now, and was monumental for the club last season.

Comments welcome.

107 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 15, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #81

    Does that really need answering !!!

  • Mac

    Jul 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #82

    geoff haha are u kiddin me

  • dave 1961

    Jul 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #83

    just wondered if anyone rates any left back above Jose Enrique I think he’s our best player by far

  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #84

    Any left back in the world??

    I’m pretty sure I could think of one or two…

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 15, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #85

    Top 5 PLAYERS at Newcastle (weather u or i like them or not)

    1. Enrique
    2. Nolan
    3. STaylor
    4. Guthrie
    5. Carroll

  • MacToon

    Jul 15, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #86

    Turkish, you don’t seem to like Argentinians! lol

  • howay man

    Jul 15, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #87

    ive heard rumours that we have held talks with sol bamba and anthony stokes of Hibernian. can anyone shed any light on this?

  • Newutd

    Jul 15, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #88

    Stokes isn’t good enough and Bamba is injury-prone and plays centerback. Let’s hope there’s nothing in it.

  • howay man

    Jul 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #89

    I agree Newutd bamba is awfull but i think stokes could be worth a shot, anyways it’s just a rumour id imagine

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 15, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #90

    Mactoon, you know i completely forgot about Jonas :O i think this is order

    1. Enrique
    2. Jonas
    4. Nolan
    5. STaylor
    8. Carroll

  • MacToon

    Jul 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #91

    😆 u been drinking Turkish, lol top 8 with no number 6 😆

    ok add


    and all we miss is the rb and right mf/wing for a full team. Maybe Routledge and ?

  • Newutd

    Jul 15, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #92

    Howay man –

    Btw. Where did you hear the Stokes rumour?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jul 15, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #93

    We have bid 5 mill for Annan, he would be unbeleivable, him and gosling would be perfect signings as far as I’m concerned. He’s some player.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 15, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #94

    Mactoon- i dont drink m8, but yeh stik Barton at 6, wen u think about it we have alot of good players 😛

  • The-Ciaran8

    Jul 15, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #95

    Football Journalist:
    Your rumours are continue to fly in. Tom-Roger Storvik says reports in Norway are suggesting Newcastle United have bid in the range of £5 million for Ghana International Anthony Annan currently at Rosenborg BK.

  • baro

    Jul 15, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #96

    Newcastle United bid for Anthony Annan. Hopefully it goes through. 5 million is nothing for him in my opinion. This guy has brilliant defending. His only weakness is his size. He is very small for headers. He plays in just in front of the back 4 as a defensive midfielder just like Alan Smith. Still young.

  • baro

    Jul 15, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #97

    Well I found this page I am guessing its Norway Toon fans talking about Anthony Annan.


  • The-Ciaran8

    Jul 15, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #98

    if we get him, Smith leaving?

  • Mac

    Jul 15, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #99

    God i hope so

  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 15, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #100

    baro, having used my brilliant translation skills (or free translation.com in other words) I can tell you that they think he’s quality and Chelsea, Man U, Real Madrid etc are all after him, but that he wants to come here.

    Also it appears that there’s WUMs on Norwegian football forums too 😆

  • Mac

    Jul 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #101

    Smith just isn’t good enough i’m afraid. He has to go and needs to be replaced. Taxi for Smith.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 16, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #102

    If we get Annan then i cant see Smith getting a game. Barton is top class (when fit!!!!!) and Guthrie looks better and better every month and Nolan is becoming our talisman, the way he was when he was at his best at bolton all those years ago.

  • Oba

    Jul 16, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #103

    I can see a 451 this season. 🙁

    Would really like us to go for it with a 442 though. Hate defensive tactics but I guess it could push Jonas and our right winger (probably Routledge) high up the pitch to support Carroll.

    Where that leaves all our other strikers though, I don’t know.

  • Oba

    Jul 16, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #104

    And baro, Annan has one of the best jumps I have ever seen. There was a picture during the World Cup of him jumping above Zigic.

  • Newutd

    Jul 16, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #105

    The Annan rumor is bullshit. First of all, Hughton said today/yesterday that we were to sign one or two players. A classy striker, and a backup for Enrique. Second of all, this so called rumor is from a random Norwegian dude who posted this on the rumor site on skysports.com, and then a journalist jumped at it and made a deal out of it. There is no rumor like that in Norwegian media.

    And on Annan. He is a really good player, BUT. He has a “difficult” personality and he tends to turn to unsporting behavior on the pitch (biting(!), hitting etc.) He would totally ruin the team harmony. A big no, unfortunately, couse he is one of the best out there in his position.

    Baro @ 95-

    Yes, we are commenting on him:) Says the same as here though, roughly, only in Norwegian.

  • howay man

    Jul 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #106

    newutd me mates. annan would be great but i cant see where he would fit in with barton smith nolan guthrie gosling and maybes de guzman, id rather see 5 million spent on a striker

  • TheMags

    Jul 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #107

    id love us to get de guzman djalo annano n gosling and leave kadar/perch/simpson to cover enrique till nxt window please


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