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Jamaal Lascelles speaks in Spain about England snub

4 years ago

Jamaal Lascelles touched down in Spain on Thursday morning.

The Newcastle squad on a four day break and playing a friendly against Royal Antwerp on Sunday lunchtime.

Not long after arriving at their Spanish base near Murcia, Lascelles discovered whether he had been included in the 27 man England squad announced at 2pm on Thursday.

The Newcastle Captain admitting ‘I thought that I might have a good chance’.

Sadly, neither Jamaal Lascelles or Jonjo Shelvey were selected.

Gareth Southgate only takes 23 players to Russia in the summer and as well as the 27 named yesterday, he also reeled off at least another four players who would have been chosen if fully fit, which obviously didn’t include the Newcastle pair either.

So it looks all but certain that Newcastle fans won’t have any extra special interest in the England squad this summer.

However, the NUFC skipper isn’t letting it get him down.

Jamaal Lascelles:

“I think that the manager has done the right thing (taking the Newcastle squad to Spain).

“He could have given us the week off but he’s got us out here…preparing for the Huddersfield game.

“The training is always intense but it is nice to get the warm weather in and the game on Sunday is important as well – match fitness and more minutes in your legs.”

Left out of Thursday’s England squad:

“I was kind of waiting to see what would happen…

“I thought that I might have had a good chance.

“I was disappointed when I found out the (England) team (Squad).

“Fair play to the boys who have been selected, I wish them all the best…I will keep trying my best for Newcastle.

“That is my main focus because I need to concentrate on Newcastle, do well in the league, and whatever happens…happens.

“But congratulation to the players that have been selected (for the England squad.”


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