St James’ Park full back Danny Simpson could be set to receive a call up to the full England squad next Saturday.
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Newcastle’s Danny Simpson could be in line for a shock call-up to the England squad.
The right-back missed the start of the season with tendon damage in his foot but his return to Chris Hughton’s side has sparked a surge up the table.
The 23-year-old has completed the last three Newcastle games – and kept Samir Nasri quiet against Arsenal on Sunday with Fabio Capello in attendance – in which they have won nine points, conceding just twice.
Capello’s men take on France in a friendly on November 17 and Simpson could be drafted in as back-up for Glen Johnson, who has struggled this season with injury.
Capello has spoken about his intention to use a number of young players in future Three Lions squads and Simpson could join the likes of Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere in his plans.
Other rivals for the right-back spot include experienced campaigners Gary Neville and Wes Brown as well as Micah Richards, who has not played for England since the 3-2 defeat to Croatia in November 2007. (TalkSport)
In the first few games of the season, Newcastle played their summer signing from Nottingham Forest at right back, James Perch.
He was booked in each of his first five games for the club, setting a new Premier League record in the process, and regularly appeared the weak link in the side, illustrating the difference in level between the Championship and the English top flight.
Thankfully though for Newcastle fans, Simpson returned from injury at West Ham United and all was forgotten as his return coincided with the Magpies beginning a three win streak in the Premier League.
Perhaps TalkSport only label Simpson’s potential England call up as a shock because three good games does not prove him to be international class. He certainly has Premier league experience though, with a few appearances for Manchester United, Sunderland, Blackburn and Newcastle.
In addition, though his rivals are mooted to be Gary Neville, Wes Brown and Micah Richards for the France game, Neville is hardly likely to still be around for EURO 2012, while Brown has actually retired from international football. Micah Richards doesn’t play every match for Manchester City, and is frequently criticised for his poor positioning, though he did once appear to have solved England’s right back slot for the foreseeable future.
Simpson has shown himself to be a solid defender, and if Glen Johnson is out then England could certainly do worse.