Caldwell wants first team spot

Last updated : 19 January 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Speaking before his accomplished performance against Man City, Caldwell said: "I have international ambitions and I'm at an age where I need first-team football. You can only learn so much in the reserves and I don't want to go back to that again.

"While I'm in the team I will continue to bark orders because I've been brought up as a captain and it's in my nature.

"It doesn't bother me if I'm shouting at Alan Shearer or Gary Speed and they don't mind because they know I'm only doing it for the good of the team.

"I'm making the most of my opportunity but I don't want to think about being a substitute or a reserve again."

He also claims that the uncertainty surrounding his new contract isn’t unsettling him on the pitch.

"It doesn't bother me one bit," he said.

"I've had a turbulent time at St James's Park over the years and I've been in worse situations than this.

"I'm contracted to Newcastle until the end of the season and I'll just let things take their course."

Meanwhile Steve’s brother had a less successful afternoon, being sent off during Coventry’s draw with Forest.