Newcastle legend highlights most depressing aspect of Magpies squad

Rob Lee has highlighted a key aspect of Newcastle’s squad which depresses him.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Rob Lee believes that Newcastle’s lack of international players in a damning indictment of the current Magpies squad.

The club legend said: “It depresses me that we have nobody even close to the England senior squad. I honestly don’t like harping back to ‘my day’ in the column, however, we also had five or six and a few more on the verge.

“The fact that only three Newcastle players have any chance of playing international football this week – and I know there are injuries – says a lot.”

The Magpies squad is in disrepair at the moment, and although injuries have decimated John Carver’s team selections, there are few players who could be considered top class currently turning out at St James’ Park.

Moussa Sissoko is a frequent French international, whilst Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat and Papiss Cisse are all regulars for their countries - the Netherlands and Senegal respectively.

This is a far cry from the title-chasing Magpies team that Lee was a key member of. Aside from making over 300 appearances on Tyneside, Lee himself was a consistent England international, along with Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley, whilst the likes of Faustino Asprilla and Pavel Srnicek were regularly internationals.

Those players were all full internationals and part of a Newcastle squad who finished second in the Premier League.

Although having a higher number of international players does not mean that your squad is better, the current state of the Toon proves that they are far off the quality needed to be a successful top flight side - and they should be looking to do all they can to fix that.

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