Newcastle fans reckon Gareth Southgate ‘has got his number’ but is he taking Jamaal Lascelles to Russia?

The Newcastle Captain has had an outstanding season but the bookies still make him a 16/1 longshot to do so.

The upcoming England squad for the March friendlies will tell us everything, if Jamaal Lascelles is to make a late push then he will surely have to be included in that one, as the next squad to be called up will be after the season has ended.

As for the player himself, Lascelles is very relaxed about it and says it obviously would be ‘great’ but that his only focus ‘is on staying up’.

I would think your average neutral England fan wouldn’t be too upset if any of the current favourites didn’t make the squad as one of Southgate’s centre-backs, with the possible exception of John Stones, though none of them, including him, is any (equivalent quality of) ‘Harry Kane’.

The Bournemouth match did slightly spoil the Jamaal Lascelles stats, as it was only the fourth time in 22 starts this season that Newcastle have conceded more than one goal in a PL game.

Rafa’s team have leaked 21 goals in the 22 matches the Captain has started and 17 in the six where he wasn’t in the starting line-up.

No doubts in the minds of Newcastle fans as to just how important he is in the remaining 10 games.

An England call-up to Russia would be a suitable cherry on top of the icing if Newcastle avoid relegation under Lascelles’ leadership.

Jamaal Lascelles talking to the Shields Gazette:

“It would be great, but the only way I can get there, is to put in consistent performances for Newcastle, my (only) focus is on staying up.

“It is every kid’s dream to play for England, of course, but I know I have no chance if I am not giving my absolute all to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

“The England manager has his set players – he has centre-halves who have been established in the Premier League for some time and I think it will take a lot to edge them out.

“If I keep doing my job though, I do think I have a good chance.

 “I would never have thought when I came (to Newcastle) that one day I would be captain of this great football club…for me it has happened quick.

“Since the manager has come in, things have been on the rise, for not only the club but also for the city and me as well.

“He showed a lot of trust in me to give me the armband when I was just 22 – II can only thank him and I definitely feel like I have developed as a player, as a person, since he has been in charge here.

“If people would have asked us in the summer if we would want to be where we are at this stage of the season, a lot of people would have said ‘yeah’.

“We are in a good position, even if we have been frustrated a lot this season, we just need to keep working hard and trusting the manager.”

  • TheNutJob

    my opinion of Southgate is on a par with the one i have of Pards.
    i`d certainly have Jamaal in the squad but old Gareth is blinded by the big club syndrome. anyway i`m selfish, i want him to be fully fit & fresh for next season and we all know Engeeerland will be on the 1st plane back as soon as they meet a decent side

    • paul mclaughlan

      “ i want him to be fully fit & fresh for next season” very considerate of you wanting him fit for his new club. 😂

    • Lakeland Mag

      I’ll be very surprised if Ashley doesn’t cash in on our best asset during the summer (esp if Chelsea are allegedly sniffing around).

  • Mrkgw

    I’d like to see him selected as he is certainly as good, if not better than some of the names being mooted about. Fingers crossed for him as it would be great to see the club represented.

  • robbersdog

    He’s a good lad and a real leader. I hope he goes to Russia with England; but more than that, I hope he’s a Newcastle player next season!

    • Dave Pattinson

      In the PL!

  • Dillon Tovak

    Southgate is a joke, I guarantee if Jamaal signed for Chelsea you would see this article on Skysports… Lascelles rewarded for big move with England call up.
    I have zero doubt that would happen.

  • thewildchimp

    Lads, you have to realise that none of this has anything to do with football. Promotions, money laundering, future transfer percentages – football is a money-making machine to the FA, as is the case with every national association across the Globe. Well, if they have a substantial player base, that is.
    Anyway, you don’t get the call-up based on your merits but on how much money would that bring them or lose them. Of course, they also have to appease the masses so it won’t be too blatant.
    Remember the Allardyce incident? Or how Rooney and Kane had to play in 2016, even if they were garbage during the tournament?