There have been some young center-backs break into the England team recently including former Newcastle target Harry Maguire, John Stones, and Alfie Mawson to name but three.
It may be difficult for Jamaal Lascelles to break into the England squad this season, but his new center-back partner at Newcastle, Federico Fernandez, thinks he can become important for England as well as for Newcastle.
Federico has done well early in his career on Tyneside, and both his Premier League and International experience are showing through.
That’s what we lacked last season – experience – so Rafa did bring in a few experienced Premier League players in the summer.
As soon as Rafa arrived at the club in March 2016, he picked out Lascelles as one of Newcastle best young players and started to play him in the first team.
Newcastle manager and captain
That summer he made the then 22-year-old captain of Newcastle, and in a nutshell, Jamaal has continued to improve at the club under the manager’s experienced guidance.
This is what Federico has said about his young captain:
“Jamaal is young, he’s physical, and last season especially he had a great campaign throughout.”
“I think England’s style has now changed a little, the squad is younger than before – and, when I was at Swansea, my former team-mate Alfie Mawson got a couple of chances with England.”
“So I don’t see why one day Jamaal won’t get called up. Maybe England will look at him in some friendly games so he can show his quality for his country.”
“He needs to keep working. It’s not always dependent on just him, either. The team needs to do well to help him to achieve this.”
“I hope we can improve, that we can stay better, and one day he can develop. He is a very good defender – physical, strong and vocal – and he is a good captain too.”
“The manager likes him, the players like him, and he will be important for us this season and beyond.”
“Maybe he can be important for England too.”
Federico has been interviewed quite a few times of late, and he looks an experienced leader both on and off the pitch.
When Florian Lejeune comes back from his ACL injury – maybe in January – Newcastle will have five players competing for the two center-back positions.
They are Fernandez, Lascelles, Lejeune, Clark, and new signing Fabian Schar
Wonder which one of those defenders Rafa will sell this summer?
What do you think?