England has never been a team that has been bathed in glory, promising to deliver but failing at the last hurdle.
Wednesday night saw Stuart Pearce take the mantle of England manager to face Holland at Wembley which saw an exciting end to the match. Holland had been two goals up but England produced two goals in the last five minutes to level the scores. However their hard work was undone when Arjen Robben scored in the 92nd minute to give the Dutch side the lead and ultimately the victory over Stuart Pearce’s side.
Newcastle players have found their chances limited in the England team in recent years, the most recent being that of former striker Andy Carroll. Unfortunately for Newcastle, we were no longer to see him become a great for both club and country due to his move to Liverpool in 2011.
The most well known Newcastle player to have graced the England squad is that of Alan Shearer. Known as a traditional English centre-forward due to his strength, physical stature, heading ability and strong shot on him. Shearer was a phenomenal player for both club and country, that was evident in his displays for both teams and it was great for Newcastle fans to watch their number nine do damage against some of the worlds best teams. Alan Shearer scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for the national side, demonstrating his ability to score goals at the very highest level.
Michael Owen is another Newcastle player to have found his way into the England side but he endured a turbulent time for both sides. He suffered injury in the first minute of the group game against Sweden in 2006 when he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament. Again whilst on international duty in 2007, Owen again fell foul to injury this time due to a thigh strain. Owen then left the club when the club was relegated, joining Manchester United as a free transfer.
With a new era of England underway after the departure of Fabio Capello as manager will any current Newcastle players find themselves called up to represent their country?
Let’s start with Steven Taylor, who wears his hear on his sleeve for the Black and White cause. Out for the rest of the season due to an achilles injury, his presence with headed clearances has been a big miss for Alan Pardew’s side in the matches since he sustained his injury. Taylor has been involved with the England setup since U16 level and made his way into a key regular for the U21 side in their European Championship qualifying.
Taylor found himself called up into the senior England side for the friendly in Germany in 2007 but he did not make an appearance during the game. Steven Taylor was awarded the captaincy of the U21 side in September of the same year and captained them to a place in the 2009 European Championships. Steven Taylor is a player who gives more than a hundred percent during a game, his style of play has greatly improved and he seems to be relishing working under the stewardship of Alan Pardew. Perhaps if he continues making leaps and bounds, could he find himself involved with England in the near future?
Sammy Ameobi has emerged as an exciting prospect for both Newcastle United and the England U21 squad. Given a chance by Alan Pardew against Darlington, Ameobi duly netted his first senior goal for the club, following on from that he netted his first competitive goal against Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup. Young Sammy had opted to play for Nigeria and appeared in two U20 games against Saudi Arabia and Egypt. However his impressive displays for Newcastle United did not go unnoticed by Stuart Pearce and the England U21 squad and November saw Ameobi called up for matches against Iceland and Belgium. Currently out due to injury, Ameobi has shown that he is of complete contrast to his older brother Shola. Perhaps Sammy could establish himself as a regular for Newcastle and make his way into the England squad over the next few years?
One for the future must be academy prospect Adam Campbell, top scorer at under-18 level for the club. Campbell has found himself involved with the England U17 Squad and most recently in the Algarve Tournament where he netted on his debut for the Three Lions. Campbell cites Alan Shearer as his inspiration as he makes his way through the ranks of the club. He certainly is a prospect to keep an eye on for the next few years and his displays have certainly not gone unnoticed.
With that in mind Newcastle could again find that they have representatives in the England squad once again. If you could choose, which English Newcastle player would you most like to have in the England squad?