Williamson: Newcastle captain Coloccini has the lot

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson isn't surprised by the plaudits coming the way of skipper Fabricio Coloccini.

Williamson has witnessed at close hand the continuing emergence of a man who is building a reputation as a ball-playing centre-half.

He said: "Colo does it and he is probably one of the calmest players I have ever played with in terms of coming out with the ball and his vision and his passing ability - he has got a lot in his armoury.

"Looking at players like David Luiz and people who try to come out, sometimes it can cause problems.

"But for me, I am just a straightforward English defender. I try to head it, kick it, keep clean sheets and let other players play."

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