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Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles: England call-up was close - twice

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles feels he's come close to breaking into the England squad.

Lascelles admits he thought he stood a good chance of earning his first cap for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy back in March. What's more, Lascelles then believed he must have been in consideration for the current squad who play Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday and then Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday.

“Yeah, it would be nice [to be away with England]. I thought I'd be close to the last friendlies ahead of the World Cup, and the game coming up now I thought I was pretty close," Lascelles told nufcTV.

“But, again, Southgate has decided to pick who he's picked, and he's gone with that team.

“All I can do is focus on Newcastle, and we need to be winning games now. So that's my priority at the minute.

“Of course, if I'm playing well here and the team's doing well, then the chances of me getting into the England team will be higher than if I'm not doing my job here and we're not winning games.

“So I've got to start off here getting wins, playing well, and then whatever happens, happens."

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