Toon's Three Lions ready for the big one against Boro

By Lee Ryder on Aug 22, 07 09:55 PM


Lee Ryder reports from Wembley

It's no fun getting beat off Germany but for many Newcastle fans they got the result they wanted here at Wembley tonight.

And that was Michael Owen, Alan Smith and Steven Taylor all getting through it without getting hurt.

OK, Taylor didn't even get on but hey that means nothing does it?

After all his shoulder did pop out while on international duty back in 2005 with the Under 21s when in training - but they all sailed through a nervous week.

Thousands of England fans held up cards to spell DANKE FOR 2006 ahead of the clash at Wembley but the travelling Toon fans just couldn't agree.

Don't forget the World Cup last year cost Newcastle United their season last year and probably Glenn Roeder his job when Owen shattered his knee in Germany.

OK, you can't blame the Germans for the turf he landed on - but there aren't any good memories about Germany for most of the Geordie branch of the England supporters club - who watched Owen's fitness hopes and United's dreams of last season go down the pan the minute he was stretchered off at the World Cup.

And tonight for some was nothing more than a nervous evening of hoping nobody that usually wears black and white ended up black and blue.

Thankfully Stuart Pearce did United a favour last night by playing James Milner for no more than the last quarter which judging by the Romanian Under-21s treatment of Theo Walcott can only be a good thing.

And like Milner they all came in safely tonight too.

Owen - who forced a good first half save out of Jens Lehmann went off unscathed on 56 minutes last night and was quickly followed by Alan Smith.

After the hour mark there was a moment of pride for Toon fans though with Steven Taylor warming up for the first time for the seniors but it was the closest he would get to the field as the substitutions ran out for the United Academy product.

All in all a decent night for Newcastle who can prepare for their clash in Teesside with the Toon's Three Lions all in good shape.

Oh and by the way that seven million quid we got for Kieron Dyer looks like a better bargain by the minute after the ex-Toon man missed two decent chances in the space of a couple of minutes last night against the Germans.

In the end boos for McClaren but a slight smile for Toon fans.


Grant Jary said:

More evidence as to why it should be a priority that Oba stays, regardless of his shenanigans at Tiger Tiger.

Steve K said:

I've got me ticket for Sunday's game. We should be going looking for 3 points, but happy with a draw and remaining unbeaten if that's the outcome. With Yakubu on his way out, so is a lot of Boro's attacking potency.

Of all the players on international duty, though, it is Emre's injury which was the most crucial outcome. Without him or Nobby in the team, chances will be few and far between and we could get ground into a war of attrition when really we should be looking to take the game to Boro.

Ted Hampton said:

I hope to God Owen and Smith are more motivated than they were against the Germans. You're wearing black and white shirts, boys!

I'd till go with Oba and Viduka or Oba and Shola up front at the moment.

jackie w said:

Enger-land ? rather watch Blue Star but as you say Lee a good night for Newcastle , the boy Owen needed a run out and comming out unscathed is a bonus.The Boro game cant come quick enough for me and i can only see one winner . Owen is a cert to bag at least one and if the Duke does not notch i will be in burtons window Monday Morning showing my &£*" . Boro look real relegation fodder this year and if they sell Yak then the Boro / Barnsley derby will be a real possibility next year.Getting back to all things Black and White , I fancy 3-1 to Newcastle at the weekend with two for Owen and one for the Duke...Jackie

Markus said:

Owen didnt do enough on Wed to get a starting spot for me. 4-3-3 formation again until everyone gets to know their team-mates and the way they play/think. Very probable that the result will be 0-0 but hopefully the Duke will put one in against the Teesiders. It wont be pretty.

Peter Delaney said:

Being based in Teesside as I am, I pick up the Evening Gazette and read... Newcastle are the North Easts also rans when it comes to winning trophies in living memory...

I hope you and your fellow staff members take every opportunity at shoving these words back down the throats of these 1 not very important trophy winning people

Tom Dooley said:



Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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