Alan Shearer has hit back at Jermaine Jenas in typically brutal fashion following the BT pundit’s strange comments over the weekend, where he attempted to blame NUFC for holding him back during his playing days.
Following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, BT Sport presenter Jake Humpries asked Jenas why he failed to live up to his potential. Jenas partly blamed himself, injuries and England’s ‘golden generation’ at the time, however he quite incredibly claimed that he was ‘miles ahead of everybody’ when he returned to Newcastle following international duty!
Here’s what he had to say alongside Steven Gerard and Steve McManaman on BT’s panel:
“Training with England, my levels went up. And then, I could almost feel them dwindle as the weeks went on. Training with England was at such an intense level – everyone wants to win, everyone wants to be in the team, and when I came back to Newcastle, I’d be up here (gestures above his head)- miles ahead of everybody.
“Then, literally, because the demand wasn’t as high at Newcastle as it was at England, my standards would drop and drop and drop throughout the weeks until I was back to Newcastle level.”
Shearer’s hit back at these incredible claims, sarcastically apologising to Jenas that he and his former Newcastle United teammates were not ‘up to his levek’ when he returned from England duty!
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) March 4, 2018
Here’s Jenas’ full ‘explanation’ regarding his unfulfilled career here:
"I didn't achieve what I set out to achieve."
"I don't blame anybody, I look at myself, I do live with regrets…"
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 3, 2018
Quite incredible that he claims that he was ‘back to Newcastle level’ when he returned from England duty. It’s as if he was by far and a way the best player in a Newcastle squad that included a certain Alan Shearer (he wasn’t even in the top 5..)
You could excuse Jenas if he was a huge England talent playing in a struggling side who did limit his progression, but this was Bobby Robson’s NUFC, full of quality players, playing in Europe and finishing 3rd, 4th and 5th during his three seasons at the club.
Laughable stuff from Jenas. Here’s some thoughts of NUFC fans following his barmy comments:
Jermaine Jenas the pundit is much the same as Jermaine Jenas the footballer. Average, uninspiring and not as good as most of those around him but somehow elevated to a platform he hasn’t earned. #lucky @mrjakehumphrey
— Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) March 4, 2018
Jermaine Jenas needs to remove his head from his own arse.
— GallowgateShots (@GallowgateShots) March 4, 2018
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) March 4, 2018
Bit of a contradiction here. Jenas blames himself, then blames Newcastle 'not being as good' as the elite. They finished 4th, 3rd, and 5th, during his 3 and 1/2 seasons there. He played Champions League football, alongside a great in Gary Speed, his failings were his own making. https://t.co/93mZuus051
— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) March 4, 2018