Fabricio Coloccini responds when asked if he should still captain Newcastle

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The Newcastle United skipper has a vital few months ahead of him.

Newcastle United centre-back Fabricio Coloccini has been speaking to the Shields Gazette about his role as the club’s captain.

The Argentine has come in for criticism this season, with many Magpies fans feeling he should be replaced in the heart of the club’s defence. However, with manager Steve McClaren failing to strengthen his back-line in January Coloccini still has a significant role to play at least until the end of the current campaign.

The 34-year-old is currently recovering from a minor injury sustained during a warm weather training camp but when asked if he was still the right man to lead Newcastle in their fight against relegation he answered honestly.

“Of course, of course,” he told the Gazette. “All I can do is just try to play and give 100 per cent every game and try to get points.”

Coloccini has featured 275 times for Newcastle to date, including 27 times this season, but the Magpies have kept just four clean sheets in all competitions and they are currently in the bottom three with 12 matches remaining.

A captain’s role is to rally his teammates during such difficult times and Coloccini clearly feels he can still do that despite recent evidence to the contrary.

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