Call Ups Cause Commotion
No sooner has Jack Colback joined his home town club from the dark side before being rewarded for it by being drafted into the England side.
There's no doubting that he's made a positive start on Tyneside in the two games he's played here competitively but has that relatively short 190 minutes or so worth of graft, shown enough to elevate him into the white of his national side?
Personally, from what ive seen, he's no worse than the usual dross that plays and his selection is a welcome reminder that players North of the Pennines do get a look in from time to time.
He even got a cheeky remark made by England boss Woy Hodgson as to him being the Ginger Pirlo. Wor boss Alan Pardew call him the Ginger Alan Ball. FFS.
Pardew tried to take recognition for his call up by reckoning he told Colback that he could make the team but in usual contradictory fashion, Pardew made this comment:
It's come a lot sooner than I thought but he's played very well this pre-season, so the timing of it is good for him because he's ready.
Colback's inclusion caused something of a meltdown on Wearside but other Newcastle players called up for England at various levels seemed to pass by unnoticed.
Rolando Aarons getting called up by England's under-20s to face Romania next month and the on loan (at Nottingham Forest) Jamaal Lascelles has been named in the latest England under-21 squad.
Englishman Paul Dummett got a call up as well. He was called into the Wales senior side.