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Shearer Backs Magpie For Shock Start On Tuesday

England are still in an excellent position in Group B despite their underwhelming scoreless draw against The United States. Both teams failed to take advantage of a handful of golden chances to break the deadlock.

Kieran Trippier again played the entire match though Callum Wilson was an unused substitute despite England’s lack of prowess in front of the net. The Newcastle striker set up Jack Grealish in the win over Iran, a match that went more swimmingly for the English.

England boss Gareth Southgate stuck with striker Harry Kane, who had few opportunities while shanking a header in the box in the dying minutes. Southgate opted to replace Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka with Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford with Grealish making an impact again.

Next up for England are Wales on Tuesday. Just a draw is needed to ensure a place in the knockout stages while The United States must defeat Iran to advance. Southgate named an unchanged side against the Americans but may switch things up against the Welsh.

In fact, Magpie legend Alan Shearer suspects Wilson could get the start on Tuesday to rest Kane for the knockout rounds. Here is what Alan said as published in The Chronicle:

“After his first two games at the last World Cup, Harry Kane had scored five goals. At the same stage of this tournament, he has not had a shot on target.

“I am not overly concerned about that statistic, because we know the provider role Harry plays for this England team even when he is not scoring himself, but watching him against the United States it was clear something wasn’t right.

“He came through that scare about his ankle before the US game but, after playing a big part in an impressive team performance in the Iran game with two assists, he looked very tired and very leggy to me. It might be time to think about getting him right for the knockout stages, and I have a sneaky feeling Callum Wilson might come in to face Wales on Tuesday instead.

“England need to freshen things up anyway, to get the feel-good factor back after the disappointment of our draw with the US, and restore a bit of confidence. I can understand why Gareth Southgate stuck with the same team that had stuck six goals past Iran but, after that, I can’t see him doing the same again in our final game in Group B.”

After an excellent performance against Iran, England were often listless against the States. Even the eminent Trippier seemed off his game. However despite Alan’s assertions, it would still be a shock if Kane was not in Southgate’s starting eleven on Tuesday.

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102 comments so far


    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #81


    Which is a classic illustration of why loads of us don’t give a £&@k about ‘gland.

    Like listening to paint dry!

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #82


    It’s noticeable that the aggressive posting seems to come from a small group of mutually supporting posters – the WAGs!



    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #83

    The absolute, CONSTANT chiding between certain posters is, at once, churlish & lacking responsibility for one’s part in it all.


    I digress!

  • Regan

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #84

    Is fleetwoods manager Scott brown another to have the foster hair treatment..

    Looks like a young frank ifield now whereas before he had a head like a bowling ball..

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #85


    It must be said that you digressed very eloquently.


  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #86

    Pace!… All the best teams have it in abundance, quick of thought and quick of action, move the ball with pace around and you run your competition ragged.

    Unfortunately current England squad particularly at the back and a few of the midfielders just don’t have it. USA ran us ragged, if their skill matched their endeavour they’d have blitzed us.

    Biggest offenders, Stones, Maguire and Kane. So slow they’re statuesque, we need to move the ball quicker (if not the players) 🙂

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #87

    Lesh do you ever post anything about football on an NUFC FOOTBALL BLOG, anything football related at all?

    All you do is try and kick off petty pointless political debates. Or relentlessly target pick out certain posters over your keyboard to childishly try to bicker with…Why?

    Try and post stuff about football or sport in general and get involved in football/sport chat if that is at all possible.

    A few questions for you to help you get involved in football matters or get you started and involved in sporting proactive manner for the good of the blog, posters and readers, so here we go:

    Q1 – Who do think will win the WC? (That’s the Man’s World Cup currently being played in Qatar)

    Q2 – How do you think England has faired so far in the WC? (That’s in the Man’s World Cup currently being played in Qatar)

    Q3 – What are your thoughts on NUFC’s great start to the season and who impressed you the most and why? (Sorry a triple question in one, just take your time you have all week)

    Q4 – What was Eddies Howes tactics this season? (Eddie Howe is NUFCs manager I thought I’d assist you just in case)

    Q5 – Have you heard of a guy called King Kevin Keegan?

    Q6 – What’s your thoughts on NUFC owners and what they’ve done so far to build the foundations? (Apologies that’s a double whammy again you have all week)

    As you’re so boringly politically driven I thought I’d give you a question that has a slight smelly political tinge to it:

    Q7 – who do you like and respect the most Jeremy Corbyn or the Great Eddie Howe?

    As you are part of that let’s talk bollix cnuts cult group. Please don’t cheat and ask that Dutch kid (Nijmegen). You must do them off your own back. If you would like to participate you have until this time next week to provide your answers to the NUFC FOOTBALL BLOG.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Kind regards,


  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #88


    Thanks for the updates. As said, it’s a small world.


    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #89


    We do try!

    Thank you!

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #90

    EGB, how are you getting on with 1899?

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #91


    Mmmmm, tricky questions…… they’re hard.


  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #92

    Oops, looks like I’ll have to brush up on my NUFC knowledge, the exams are just around the corner. 😀


    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #93


    Nailed it there, mate.

    Some of the midfield is culpable, also.

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #94


    Can I remind you that thus has been a ‘NUFC FOOTBALL BLOG’ as long as I remember and it has accommodated all manner of chat – long before you rocked up!

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #95


    Aye, it’s nearly time for the mocks.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #96

    There’s another non football related post #94 the man is relentless in non football chat

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #97

    My “ear worm” of the day is “West End Wags”, to the tune of “West end Girls”, don’t know why, but I did live there most of my formative years.

    Maybe we should change WAG’s to WEG’s?

    Or is that sexist or misogynistic, I get too easily confused these days.

    BANTA – My new war cry, it’s replaced Banzai, but yelled just as loudly. 😆

  • Ace50

    Nov 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #98

    Jail – you asked earlier about any streams for the friendly in KSA. The official site (https://www.nufc.co.uk/news/latest-news/newcastle-united-partner-with-saudia-ahead-of-riyadh-based-warm-weather-training-camp/ ) says:
    “ Further information on the club’s training camp and how to watch the match live will be confirmed in due course, while nufc.co.uk, NUFC TV and the club’s official social media channels will provide supporters with exclusive content throughout the trip.”

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #99


    If you were once from the west end then at that time I think it would have been WEG only at that time and just in your household lol 😉

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #100

    Fenners me auld mate,
    I don’t think Nijmegen-toon ever claimed he was Dutch, pretty sure he said he was from the NE of England.

  • Darnik

    Nov 27, 2022 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #101

    I have to admit to finding that Barbers name amusing myself when I saw it, very clever play on words

  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #102

    I’ve had arguments on here with quite a few members.
    I’ve had differences of opinion, with a seriously high number.
    I’ve sworn from time to time (more than I should).

    However, I have never called anyone anything worse than an idiot. (And I apologise, for that heat of the moment usage).

    Is it so hard to have conversations (whatever the subject) and no matter the differing opinions without descending into gutter mode?

    I was taught that if you needed to resort to swearing and name calling, it meant you’d lost the argument. Maybe it’s a lesson a few on here could learn from?


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