Jamaal Lascelles will find out his fate this week.

On Thursday, Gareth Southgate reveals his squad for the two friendlies this month, away to Holland on Friday (23 March) and then home to Italy on Tuesday 27 March.

Showing excellent form throughout the season and putting in a very commanding display against Southampton on Saturday, the Newcastle Captain couldn’t have done much more to put himself in the frame.

Asked two weeks ago about the possibility of making the plane to Russia, Jamaal Lascelles said ‘If I keep doing my job (for Newcastle), I do think I have a good chance.’

The first step towards having any chance of making the squad for the finals, Lascelles surely needs to be named in the squad to be announced this week.

In the meantime five other Newcastle players have been called up by their respective countries.

Matt Ritchie, Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark are set to join up with Scotland and Ireland respectively.

Meanwhile, two players who are set to go to Russia are out on loan.

Aleksandar Mitrovic called up for the latest Serbian squad, whilst Henri Saivet has been named in the Senegal squad.

When Mohamed Diame announced some time ago that he was retiring from international football, it was met with some derision considering his form at the time.

However, the last couple of months at Newcastle have seen a very different player, who would surely be an asset to Senegal if he changed his mind.

Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot

Friday 23 March Turkey v Republic of Ireland

Matt Ritchie

Friday 23 March Scotland v Costa Rica

Tuesday 27 March Hungary v Scotland

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Friday 23 March Serbia v Morocco

Tuesday 27 March Serbia v Nigeria

Henri Saivet

Thursday 22 March Senegal v Uzbekistan

Monday 26 March Senegal v Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jamaal Lascelles – 28 February 2018:

“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.”

  • Peaky Magpie

    If he gets called up that’ll be £40m+ trousered by Fatty come September….

    • Leazes.

      He’s bald.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Bald or bad ? Or both ???

        • TheNutJob

          who`s bald, Fatty

          • Peaky Magpie

            Not sure….I’m lost on this one.

          • TheNutJob

            Leazes has got everybody puddled

          • Peaky Magpie

            I edited my original post but I can’t remember what I put….must have something to do with that !

          • paul mclaughlan

            its like “rosebud” all over again.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            you`re already puddled

  • TheNutJob

    Carra would pick him. but i here Sky`s sent him to Knotty Ash, that`ll teach him to keep his gob shut

  • Antenociticus

    I think Lascelles deserves the recognition, however playing “up there” means he has less of a chance. The Grauniad, this morning were pushing Alfie Mawson FFS!

  • Geordiegiants

    Talk sport have been going on about Shelvey being picked all day. No mention of Lascelles thankfully.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      England haven`t had a player with Jonjo`s passing ability since Stevie G

      • gallowgate26

        They’ve got ‘captain Hendo’.. chuckle!!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose


      • Geordiegiants

        His temperament means he won’t get picked. I hope Lascelles stays under the radar until at least next season.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Southampton manager Sacked

    • Peaky Magpie

      Return of McMenemy imminent

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Man C 2 up

        • Paul Patterson

          Results have gone incredibly well this weekend.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            they have at that 5 points clear

          • Paul Patterson

            And the goal difference makes it 6.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Didn’t see your post but I was thinking exactly the same thing…..

          • Kneebotherm8

            6 in effect……….goal difference…

    • thewildchimp

      The strangest thing is that the guy who taught him how to manage clubs is the guy that nailed the last nail.

      • Ram Kishore

        The sacking of Claude puel last summer really stranger than this
        Considering the fact they ended the season in top 10 and reached a cup final.
        Reason for his sacking in the media: didn’t play attractive football

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Last man standing in the teams fighting relegation
    Rafael Benitez, the Teflon Don

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    I think the government should be boycotting the World Cup this year, especially if Kane is injured.

    • Geordiegiants

      In years gone past I would agree, but the FA are doing a very similar thing with the national Squad as your pal is doing here. So I’m beginning to loose interest.