Not really, I used to absolutely love it when Alan Shearer was captain and star striker of both Newcastle and England but what a mediocre bunch of players we’ve now got representing the nation.
A lot of them are decent Premier League players but that is all, they are not international star players who arouse even an inkling of excitement; boring, boring, boring.
Wayne Rooney is the only one with real attacking quality but stupidly got himself banned for the first two matches, you couldn’t make it up.
If ever the mediocrity of England’s plight needed summing up, it must be the fact that they have got six Liverpool players in the squad, SIX!
If Mike Ashley handed a £100m cheque to Alan Pardew and told him to go out and buy the best of English (or even British), who would you/he buy?
By my reckoning Newcastle have forked out around £20m to bring in Cisse, Simpson, Cabaye and Ben Arfa, three undoubtedly superior players and in Simpson a full-back who definitely isn’t any worse than Johnson when defending…which is actually what his job is!
There will be English/British players out there who could improve Newcastle United’s squad and at the right price, though you will have to dig deep to find them.
In the meantime I’m quite happy for Liverpool to boast the best of English at Euro 2012.