Steve Bruce knows all about the frustration of not getting an England call-up, having never had the honor to play for his country in his career.
At Newcastle, he has a couple of players who are knocking on Gareth Soughtgate’s door in Isaac Hayden and Jamaal Lascelles.
Isaac recently spoke about what he felt he needed to do to give him the best chance of getting into the England squad.
Basically, Isaac understands that he needs to be playing regularly and putting in performances at Newcastle to give him the best chance for an international call-up.
Steve Bruce feels the same way about Jamaal Lascelles as his comments in the Chronicle attest.
Jamaal’s situation is slightly different from Hayden’s, however. Lascelles has been playing regularly in the Premier League for over two seasons while Isaac has only just started his run of games for Newcastle.
This is what Bruce has said about his captain and an England call-up:
“That is the next big step for him.
“You have just seen Tyrone Mings appear from nowhere.
“All you can do is keep playing well on the biggest stage.
“I have been very, very pleased with him.
“The next step is now Gareth Southgate. And Gareth is welcome to his opinion.
“Jamaal just has to keep plodding away.
“The good thing for him is that he is playing every week, which can only help.”
Jamaal is certainly playing week in and out in the top flight for Newcastle. Since our promotion back to the Premier League, Jamaal has made 73 appearances. That includes the 4 for this season.
In contrast, Tyrone Mings who is about 8 months older than Lascelles, has made only 21 appearances in England’s top flight. However, Mings has come on in his career and is playing very well at the moment. He also is a bit more similar a player to John Stones who is missing these EURO Qualifiers due to injury.
Michael Keane and Harry Maguire were the central defensive pairing in England’s 4-0 win yesterday over Bulgaria. Joe Gomez from Liverpool was also called up for these internationals.
Like Hayden with Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson, Lascelles path is blocked at the moment. However, both Isaac and Jamaal are leaders and will know they need to just keep putting in the performances for Newcastle.