Jenas said (although he denies ever saying it) "St James' Park is like being in a goldfish bowl", and Woodgate snubbed a return to Newcastle because Gareth Southgate was only slightly less "boring" than Glenn Roeder.
Neither will get the reception Les Ferdinand got when he returned to Tyneside as a Spurs player.
But Michael Owen believes both players are international class.
Michael Owen: "Spurs are in quite a similar position to us in many ways. They're at the wrong end of the table, and probably lacking a bit of confidence, but it's early days.
"The start of the game will be very important. If we can get the first goal, then maybe their heads will drop.
"We've got to make sure we start out of the traps, get that first goal, and press home that advantage.
"Obviously Woody's a good mate. I was with him in Madrid for a year, and have been in many England squads with him.
"He's a top player, and it's nice to see him fit and doing well down there.
"He scored the winner in the final last year. It was a fantastic moment for him.
"I've played with Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas with England and Spurs are like us. They have a lot of quality.
"They have a good reputation for playing good football. and they have creative players who can score goals, but are obviously lacking a bit of confidence.
"That will mean nothing once the whistle goes."