Alan Shearer in the arm as England captain was always a pleasing sight.
Back in the day, Newcastle United players in the England team when Kevin Keegan was at St James’ Park was not uncommon.
Quite amazing how many we had back in the day when KK was in charge in the nineties, Shearer, Ferdinand, Howey, Venison, Beardsley, Barton, Lee…
Alan Shearer continued in the era of Sir Bobby Robson still as England captain, but then shocked the football world, more than two decades ago, the best striker (and indeed player) of the Premier League, declared he was retiring from international football so he could give it his all. at Newcastle United and play for NUFC in the Premier League (and Europe!) for as long as possible.
On Monday, we finally saw another Newcastle United player pull the arm as England captain Harry Kane delivered it when he replaced Iran.
A Newcastle United player, the captain of England, how crazy is that!
An NUFC fan, amazing how Newcastle United sign an England captain and how quickly we take it for granted…!
Gareth Southgate seems to have put down a massive marker here, that if at some point Harry Kane doesn’t start a game in this World Cup, then Trippier is the man.
It will surely come as no surprise to any Newcastle fan, as well as everything he has given NUFC so far, Kieran Trippier has shown excellent leadership qualities as captain, week in and week out.
I read somewhere that Michael Owen was supposedly England captain at one point when he was at Newcastle United, but I haven’t included that in this conversation.
Great leaders for Newcastle United and England…I think I’ll just keep that between Alan Shearer and Kieran Trippier these past 23 years or so.
What an absolute joy to see the Newcastle United players playing for England on the biggest stage of all and looking like they belong. After all these years of Mike Ashley, it seems surreal.
It wasn’t just Kieran Tripper either, Gareth Southgate had this to say about Newcastle United’s (current) number nine:
“What I particularly liked was Jack Grealish’s goal with Callum Wilson. He might have been selfish, but even at that moment he was thinking of the team. I’m a miserable so-and-so. I should be more excited, but I have to keep the team on the right track.”
Nice to see England fans (not Newcastle fans) with such positive comments on the BBC Sports site too, these once typical Callum Wilson:
“I like to see Wilson unselfishly pass to Grealish when he could have had a shot himself.
A good team player.’
Agree! The best option is often not taken and today Wilson took it. Decisive, he looked up and passed. Happy for Sterling and Grealish as they are heavily scrutinised. A goal each and also an assist for Sterling should keep the hyenas quiet for a few days.”
We always knew Callum Wilson was good, BUT Eddie Howe and the new owners have given him the platform to build this England squad and it’s clear he’s ready to take this opportunity with everything it can give him.
Obviously Newcastle United’s results and performances are what really matter…
However, I love the prestige that comes with having our players (and by association, our club and our city) playing for the national team, not forgetting of course that we also have Nick Pope waiting in the wings, the best goalkeeper of the Premier League this season.
Newcastle United players make up more than 10% of this 26-man squad, and one of them ends up captaining England.