Alan Shearer announced his international retirement back in 2000.
The Premier League’s greatest ever striker was only 29 when ahead of the 2000 Euros, he stated he would be retiring after the tournament.
Shearer declaring that he wanted to make sure he could give everything to Newcastle United, for as long as possible, sacrificing his place as captain of his country.
The Kevin Keegan days at St James Park had sparked a surge in Newcastle fans interest in the national team, the likes of Beardsley, Ferdinand, Venison, Howey, Lee, Batty, and then Alan Shearer himself, all playing for their country whilst at NUFC.
Fair to say that Alan Shearer announcing his international retirement probably was the point when interest from Newcastle supporters in the national team once again went into decline.
Maybe a bit surprising that as many as nine players (as reported by Martin Tyler on Sky Sports) have played for England whilst also playing for Newcastle, since Shearer’s international retirement.
The full list (with number of appearance for England whilst at Newcastle):
32 Kieron Dyer
18 Michael Owen
13 Jermaine Jenas
4 Nicky Butt
2 Alan Smith
1 Andros Townsend
1 Andy Carroll
1 Scott Parker
1 Jonathan Woodgate
Andros Townsend is the only one that is relatively recent and he only stayed for 12 Newcastle starts before deserting on relegation.
With England looking so poor, there have now been some calls for the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles to be given a chance.
If they have decent seasons for Newcastle then it is more than possible that we might see an NUFC player playing once again for England but difficult to imagine we’ll ever see anything quite like what happened when Kevin Keegan was at St James Park.