Pardew Gives Colback 7/10

Last updated : 09 November 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

The 25-year-old was included in the party for September clashes with Norway and Switzerland, but was forced to withdraw because of injury.

Alan Pardew: "He's been a significant part of our season, in a positive way.

"If I was to mark him, I'd say seven out of 10 - but I think he can get eights and nines here.

"I've really enjoyed watching him play. I love his mentality. Could he play for England? For sure.

"All he needs to do is build on what he's done.

"To come from our big rivals (Sunderland) and to have played the way he has is a real testament to his character.

"We've got a good batch of central midfield players in the England squad, so he has good competition. I've got no problems with Roy's selection, and neither has Jack.

"He's a very simple player to manage. He makes the game simple. He's low maintenance - he comes in, does his work, is terrific and goes home - lovely."