'Disappointed' Jamaal Lascelles reacts to England snub – and makes Newcastle pledge

Jamaal Lascelles
Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has told of his disappointment at missing out on a place in the England squad.

Lascelles, outstanding for Rafa Benitez's side this season, had been tipped for a call-up for the games against Italy and Holland.

However, England manager Gareth Southgate instead turned to uncapped pair Alfie Mawson (Swansea City) and James Tarkowski (Burnley).

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Speaking from Newcastle's training camp in Spain, Lascelles, 24, told NUFC TV: "I was kind of waiting to see what would happen.

“I thought that I might have had a good chance. I was disappointed when I found out the (England) team.

“Fair play to the boys who have been selected, I wish them all the best. I will keep trying my best for Newcastle.

“That is my main focus, because I need to concentrate on Newcastle, do well in the league, and whatever happens, happens.

“But congratulation to the players that have been selected."