England manager Gareth Southgate watched Newcastle’s last home game, and I bet he wishes he hadn’t bothered.
The Magpies played out a 0-0 draw against Burnley, with no one of a Three Lions persuasion really impressing.
Danny Rose was starting his first game at St James’ Park, but didn’t really impress at left-back.
At first, Rose just laughed, but he then joked: “I wish he’d picked a different game to come and watch.”
He probably feels the same, Danny…
It was a drab affair at St James’ Park. It was the first game since the shift to a back four, but still Rose was unable to really influence the game.
In the past we’ve seen him play high up the pitch and create chances, but that is yet to happen in black and white.
It’s something we saw him do at the World Cup in 2018, and Rose said in the interview that he’s confident of being selected for his country again.
This confidence shouldn’t be perceived as arrogance. Rose clearly knows he needs to improve, admitting that he can play better for the Magpies.
And his humble reaction to Southgate appearing at St James’ Park is certainly good to see.
With a bit of luck, Southgate will be back in the north east in the near future and Rose can re-write the wrongs of that boring 0-0 draw.