Viv Anderson picks 3 former Newcastle players in greatest ever England eleven
Viv Anderson was a very good full-back for club and country.
As well as playing for Arsenal, Man Utd and Forest, he also happened to be the very first black player to appear for England in the senior team.
The defender winning 30 England caps in a distinguished career.
Viv Anderson has now been interviewed and asked to name the best England eleven from across the whole history of the national team.
Included in his best ever Three Lions team are three former Newcastle players.
Alan Shearer was in his prime when joining Newcastle United and captained his country for the first time, only weeks after joining NUFC.
No surprise to see him making the Viv Anderson selection.
The other two Newcastle choices came to St James Park in the later stages of their careers, both Stuart Pearce and John Barnes moving to Newcastle a year after Shearer came home.
Viv Anderson speaking to The Guardian, giving his reasons for picking the three ex-Newcastle players, then his full team below that:
“This is the most difficult thing, to choose a team of players, transcending different eras, some of whom I’ve played with and others I’ve seen only briefly.
“On the left I’ll have Stuart Pearce. Kenny Sansom runs him close, but Pearce just epitomised England.
“I like how he fought for the shirt, and that he worked his way up from non-league football to become a great player for his country
“I’ve got room for one out-and-out centre-forward, and it’s got to be Alan Shearer. Jimmy Greaves was a brilliant goalscorer, but Shearer’s physical strength and ability leading the line win him the spot.
“John Barnes, a player with fantastic natural ability who could change games in the blink of an eye, is out on the left, which leaves one last spot to fill.”
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