Ex-Newcastle United cult hero believes Karl Darlow can become England No 1

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Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow has all the tools to become England No 1 – that’s the view of Magpies cult hero David Kelly.

‘Ned’ coached Darlow, and former Nottingham Forest team-mate Jamaal Lascelles, while on the staff at the City Ground under Billy Davies.

Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow. Picture by Frank Reid

Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow. Picture by Frank Reid

And he is of the firm belief the 26-year-old can, in time, gain international recognition, despite only recently establishing himself at United’s main man between the sticks.

“Karl has got a great chance of really becoming England’s No 1,” said Kelly, who spent two years at St James’s Park in the early 1990s.

“And Jamaal has got a really good chance of progressing and getting to the national team himself.

“I’m happy to say I had Karl and Jamaal. I coached them when I was at Forest.

“They are super kids. Really good. I think both of them have got all of the makings of excellent players.”

Former Republic of Ireland international Kelly, who also had a season at Sunderland, thinks the duo will make mistakes for United.

But it will all be part of a steep learning curve that could eventually lead right to the very top of the game.

“I’ve got a soft spot for Karl because we had him very young at Forest,” Kelly explained.

“We introduced him to the first-team, then we left and when we came back with Billy, Karl was still there and Jamaal had come through as well.

“They both have a great chance but are still learning. They will make mistakes, of course, especially as a goalkeeper, but they are both very good professionals.”