The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news that Gareth Southgate has been monitoring three players from St James Park for his England squad. Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey were disappointed to have missed out on call-ups to the 27 man squad for World Cup warm-up games against the Netherlands and Italy, but Paul Dummett is a surprise name that Southgate has also been looking at, according to The Chronicle.
Despite having two international caps for Wales, Paul Dummett is still eligible to play for England as his two appearances came in friendly fixtures for The Dragons. The Newcastle academy graduate was contacted personally by Ryan Giggs as the Wales manager wanted to see Dummett in his first international squad, however, the left-back turned down the call-up, he previously stood down from international duty during Chris Coleman’s stint as Wales boss but never officially called time on his international career.
Now though, Dummett is faced with an entirely different prospect. Ryan Bertrand pulled out of the 27 man squad due to an injury, leaving just Ashley Young and Danny Rose as the Three Lions left-backs. Southgate has been looking at Dummett due to his steady form in the Northeast this season and his reliability and consistency may just have earned him a chance to go to the World Cup in Russia this summer.
You can read the delighted Magpies’ verdict on Dummett here:
Paul Dummett playing for England will get me interested in my country again.
— Jamie (@thejamieherd) March 23, 2018
Imagine Paul Dummett being called up for England. Absolute scenes.
— James Shuker (@James_Shuker) March 23, 2018
'England's Paul Dummett' lovely ring to it. G'wan big lad!https://t.co/P8GBNr83Li
— John Atkinson (@johnnieaka2002) March 23, 2018
you all mocked me….Dummett for England! https://t.co/9Jkb2eyYBC
— Michael Gallon (@MichaelGallon) March 23, 2018
The scenes if paul dummett ever plays for England
— Cal (@Calumvalentine9) March 23, 2018
Dummett for England
— Kieran | InSomnia (@Maio_9S) 23 March 2018
Waking up hearing that Gareth Southgate is monitoring Paul Dummett for the next England squad is the best football related news you could ever tell me. @stevengolding16 @Kenan_Collins_5 @HowardSturgeon8
— Dylan Dry (@DylanDry97) March 23, 2018
The next Ashley Cole
— Adam Baldwin (@adam_baldwin95) 23 March 2018