North-East latest: Colback's move helped England chances, says Pardew - Sunderland winger happy to fight for place

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Newcastle move helped Colback, says Pardew

Alan Pardew says that Jack Colback’s summer move to Newcastle United was part of the reason why he has made the England squad.

Colback was included in Roy Hodgson’s first England squad since the World Cup and Pardew believes that his summer switch to St. James’ Park, from Sunderland, was the reason for his call-up.

“I think he’s ticked a couple of boxes here though that are important for an England manager," he said.

“One, he has moved to a local rival and he has handled it well. And then he has come into our team and played well, and that has ticked another box for the England manager."

“I think the move has had a part to play.”

Adam Johnson not fazed by increased competition

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson insists that he is not fazed by the increased competition at the club for places.

The England international has seen the Black Cats bring in Will Buckley and be linked with Ricky Alvarez this summer, but Johnson says he is not bothered by the increased squad depth.

“I think the competition I had at (Manchester) City with people like David Silva was pretty good so that doesn’t worry me one bit, to be honest,” he said.

Rolando Aarons wants to play for England

In more Newcastle United news relating to the England squad, Alan Pardew says that Rolando Aarons is hoping to play for the Three Lions.

The youngster, who has started to be blooded into the first-team this season, is also eligible to for Jamaica, but Pardew says that he will aim to represent the Three Lions in the future.

“I assume knowing how confident the boy is that he’ll be setting his sights on England,” the Newcastle boss said.

Jordi Gomez delighted with first goal

Jordi Gomez says he is thrilled to have opened his goalscoring account for Sunderland.

The Spanish midfielder, who was brought to the club from Wigan Atheltic over the summer, scored his first goal for the Black Cats in their 3-0 cup success against Birmingham City in midweek.

And he says that he was delighted that his first strike was so important.

“I’m happy with the goal, but the most important thing was to go through,” said the 29-year-old.

“That goal helped to win the game. I always try to score from those positions if I get a bit of space.”

Kei Kamara issues apology for Middlesbrough misunderstandings.

Kei Kamara has issued an apology to Middlesbrough fans for any misunderstandings that had occurred during his time at the club.

The striker departed the Riverside via mutual consent yesterday and it ended what has been a turbulent period in the North-East.

The former Norwich front-man had tweeted “Thank you MFC & SLFA [Sierra Leon Football Association] for doing NOTHING” when he got malaria whilst on holiday and that aggravated fans.

However, the 29-year-old has apologised for his actions now and says that the experience at ‘Boro was enjoyable.

"It was a memorable experience and wouldn't trade it for any other,” he said.

"I apologise for any misunderstandings we may have had, but I admire your passion and love for your team.”

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