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.



  • steve pearce

    Captain Fantastic and Jonjo Shelvey – for without them this lackluster England squad will get paggered in Russia. Unfortunately the FA’s anti-Newcastle bias will keep them out of the team and that as they say will be that…

    • Jimblag23

      Those England players could do with some Lascelles home truths too.
      Maybe he could punch a few too if they get lazy.

  • Jimblag23

    I’m sure people will call me crazy.
    But if I were Southgate I’d play Shelvey as he is the closest thing we have to Eriksen. We need to start utilising the spurs players we have in the squad. I know Kane has scored a few goals but him and Alli look so much worse for England.
    The missing piece? Eriksen.

    • Clarko

      F!ck me.

      “Shelvey as he is the closest thing we have to Eriksen”

      🤣 🤣 🤣

      You can’t make it up.

      • Jimblag23

        Who has a better range of passing and the vision to thread a ball?

        Criticism without putting your own ideas forward 👍good one.

        • Clarko

          Comparing Shelvey and Eriksen is ridiculously stupid and now I have to try and explain why it’s ridiculously stupid to the person that compared the two:

          2017/18
          Shelvey plays at CM/CDM – Eriksen plays at CAM/LAM

          Shelvey has an average pass length of 24.25m – Eriksen has an average pass length of 18.43m

          Shelvey has a pass completion of 74% – Eriksen has a pass completion of 85%

          Shelvey has created 1 chance – Eriksen has created 16 chances

          Shelvey has a 33% shot accuracy – Eriksen has a 77% shot accuracy

          Shelvey has made 4 clearances (1 every 46 minutes) – Eriksen has made 2 clearances (1 every 287 minutes)

          Both completely different players, that have different qualities and that play in different positions.

          • Jimblag23

            Comparing Eriksen and Shelvey is stupid, you did that I didn’t ask you to.

            You’ve completely missed the point.
            I even said they are different players.
            However, the point I’m making is we need a player who makes passes others can’t see. And I clearly said I don’t think there is another English player who can do that.
            Eriksen does that, Shelvey does that.
            I am not trying to make the point Shelvey is our Eriksen, or Southgate should pick him and say “right now do an Eriksen”.

          • Clarko

            Shelvey “is the closest thing we have to Eriksen”, you are comparing Shelvey to Eriksen (I just did the actual work to prove your statement wrong). Silly comment.

          • Jimblag23

            *sighs*

          • Clarko

            What do you mean “Get over that one line”? The whole comment revolves around the reasoning that Shelvey “is the closest thing we have to Eriksen”, there is nothing else to, as you put it, critically analyse. It was a silly comment/argument, acknowledge that you made a silly comment/argument.

          • Jimblag23

            No, you simple simple little simpleton.
            Rather than listing stats about average pass length, why didn’t you just say “personally I believe xxxxxx is more suited to that role in the England team”

            Cos clearly the whole point is about me saying we need someone with the vision of Eriksen.
            It’s really not hard to grasp is it?

            Or are you just going to reply some BS about comparing Shelvey and Eriksen again?

            How was it silly? So you don’t think the England team would benefit from that?

            We’re you bullied at school or are you still at school?

          • Clarko

            The statistics, it’s evidence, it’s evidence that you don’t have, it proves my point, that point being that I personally believe Shelvey and Eriksen are “both completely different players, that have different qualities, that play in different positions”, do you see how that works?

            Again, I don’t care about, “Cos clearly the whole point is about me saying we need someone with the vision of Eriksen”, because that is not what you previously stated.

            Acknowledge that your comment was silly and that you were wrong/made a mistake.

          • Jimblag23

            Christ. 🤦‍♂️

            You ignore any new information and keep going back to quote my original post.
            Yeah you’re right, they are completely different. Eriksen is a ball boy and Shelvey is a keeper.

          • Clarko

            I’m not interested in “new information”, why? Because the old “information” is wrong and hasn’t been addressed, what would be the point in looking at “new information” only for that to be wrong and for that to also not be addressed?

            Again, just acknowledge your mistakes.

          • Jimblag23

            You’re like a dog with a bone.

            Address this if you like….
            When did closest thing become….SAME THING!?

            You’re so hung up on that.
            You are literally the worst debater on this site, you just fixate in one thing and repeat it over and over and attempt to insult them.
            Did it ever cross your mind to wonder why everyone on here finds you annoying? Because you don’t add anything, you just pollute it with obnoxious rants.

            Acknowledge you’re a mistake.

          • Clarko

            Both Eriksen and Shelvey are entirely different, again you can find a whole host of reasoning above.

            On a side note:

            “You are literally the worst debater on this site, you just fixate in one thing and repeat it over and over and attempt to insult them.”

            “That’s your mentality. It’s quite sad.”

            “We’re you bullied at school or are you still at school?”

            “Acknowledge you’re a mistake.”

            “you wouldn’t be so obnoxious if you didn’t have a superior alternative.”

          • Jimblag23

            What’s your point? Obviously people aren’t going to be polite once you’re consistently rude.
            Get a grip, seriously.
            Sorry for hurting your feelings by the way.

            It would take 2 minutes so go on, explain how closest thing we have is the exact same thing as saying 2 things are exactly the same.

          • Clarko

            You are now trying to turn this into a “he said, I said” debacle, I have never stated you said they were the same, so the following, “explain how closest thing we have is the exact same thing as saying 2 things are exactly the same”, can stop.

            I’m not rude, I’m honest, you made a stupid comment and I expressed that with full reasoning as to why it was stupid, unable to refute that reasoning, you seemingly get offended/defensive/aggressive/frustrtaed and resort to playground insults.

            Your comment was incredibly stupid, instead of referencing Shelvey’s ability as your reasoning you decided to use Eriksen’s ability as your reasoning to explain why Shelvey should recieve an international call up, it was silly reasoning, not only is it silly reasoning but the comparison is also silly as Eriksen and Shelvey are entirely different players, as proven earlier.

          • Jimblag23

            This comment proves you’re simply trolling me as there’s so much wrong with it so I will not enter into conversation with you again.

          • Clarko

            The standard “I’m wrong, I can’t admit it, I don’t have anything of substance to say so I will just call him a troll” comment.

          • Dillon Tovak

            No I’m pretty sure what he’s saying is you’ve gone on and on and refused to see the point.
            Just wanting to repeat that it’s a ridiculous comment. Which it clearly isn’t. Even if it was would it warrant your response? Why not just ignore it or suggest something better?
            When does he say we should play Shelvey in the Eriksen position.
            You could play Shelvey in the exact position he plays for Newcastle but would be a player who could make that cutting pass into space.
            Which is what he does for us and is what eriksen does for Tottenham. You do come across as a troll by the way.
            Seemingly intent on just sh*tting on people’s posts just to get a response.
            It’s sad, I am not being patronising, but I do feel sorry for you.
            But good luck with the future. Let’s not hear another word on this.

          • Clarko

            “When does he say we should play Shelvey in the Eriksen position”, when did I say that he said that we should play Shelvey in the Eriksen position? I didn’t.

            “You could play Shelvey in the exact position he plays for Newcastle but would be a player who could make that cutting pass into space”, meaning the Eriksen comparison silly right? Why compare players that don’t play in the same positions? That’s the whole point of this discussion.

            “Which is what he does for us and is what eriksen does for Tottenham”, you think the two players are similar because they “pass into space”? Pathetic, same can be said for any two players. They are completely different players:

            2017/18
            Shelvey plays at CM/CDM – Eriksen plays at CAM/LAM
            Shelvey has an average pass length of 24.25m – Eriksen has an average pass length of 18.43m
            Shelvey has a pass completion of 74% – Eriksen has a pass completion of 85%
            Shelvey has created 1 chance – Eriksen has created 16 chances
            Shelvey has a 33% shot accuracy – Eriksen has a 77% shot accuracy
            Shelvey has made 4 clearances (1 every 46 minutes) – Eriksen has made 2 clearances (1 every 287 minutes)

          • Dillon Tovak

            What on earth are you talking about?
            You could say that for any two players?
            But we’re not, we’re talking about Spurs potent attack. Which has the passing ability of eriksen.
            Shelvey is bought into the equation because he too has superior passing ability to most players.
            Is this really a point that needs attacking? It’s actually very simplistic.

          • Clarko

            Your argument is that both players have “passing ability”. That is a blanket statement, you can say the same about Rooney, Barkley, Lallana, Drinkwater, Delph, Wilshere and and any other English midfielder in the Premier League, it’s not a valid point, as you can see below, the average passing lengths are significantly different, the pass completion percentages are significantly different and the chance created are significantly different. They are completely different players, the comparison is ridiculously stupid.

            2017/18
            Shelvey plays at CM/CDM – Eriksen plays at CAM/LAM

            Shelvey has an average pass length of 24.25m – Eriksen has an average pass length of 18.43m

            Shelvey has a pass completion of 74% – Eriksen has a pass completion of 85%

            Shelvey has created 1 chance – Eriksen has created 16 chances

            Shelvey has a 33% shot accuracy – Eriksen has a 77% shot accuracy

            Shelvey has made 4 clearances (1 every 46 minutes) – Eriksen has made 2 clearances (1 every 287 minutes)

          • Dillon Tovak

            But as you well know, or at least you should Rooney, Barkley, Lallana, Drinkwater, Delph, Wilshere aren’t know for their clever passing.
            Seeing that little gap.
            Rooney back in the day, Wilshere maybe a few years ago.
            They’re different players.
            You know that full well, I mean…come on? That’s just getting silly now.

            What’s all this passing distance you put so much emphasis on?
            A clever pass can be 2 yards, could be 50.

            This is ridiculous.
            You know the point is valid but seem he’ll bent on arguing until you’re blue in the face.

            By the way you can copy and paste stats all you like. You don’t need to know statistics to know about football.
            I think this is where you’ve gone wrong.

          • Clarko

            Again, what is “clever passing”? It’s a blanket statement, it doesn’t mean anything.

            “A clever pass can be 2 yards, could be 50”, great insight.

            “Can I just ask, this will clear it all up.
            Is your point essentially Shelvey isn’t a good passer and couldn’t fill a roll playing intelligent passes to Kane or Alli?”

            You don’t even know what you’re arguing 😂

          • Dillon Tovak

            ?

            I mean come on, step it up. Do you not know?
            Do your stats not inform you?
            If someone said that to you in a pub you’d be dumbstruck?

            Well as I stated for one in my last post, for example…
            Seeing a gap most players wouldn’t.
            A defence splitting pass.
            Come on mate, what’s going on here.
            I thought you at least had a little something going on up top.

            Do you believe that all passes are the same?
            Some are direct. To feet.
            Into space. The way a footballer uses their foot to make the pass. The weight.
            Do you think all those players have the same passing attributes?
            Do you watch football?

          • Clarko

            You still don’t know what you’re arguing, this is a constant theme in your comments (“England squads”, “Claim someone can’t read” and now this). Currently you’re just throwing around a whole host of straw mans hoping they will stick, they aren’t. Again, go back and read all of my comments on the two separate articles regarding the same issue and if you feel up to it, try and structure an actual argument.