Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said he is convinced Jack Colback's move from Sunderland to Newcastle was a key factor in his first England call-up.
The 24-year-old midfielder was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad for next month's friendly against Norway and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland just weeks after leaving Sunderland, where he had been since the age of 10.
Pardew believes the way Colback has negotiated his controversial switch from Wearside to Tyneside will not have gone unnoticed at Soho Square.
The 53-year-old said: "It's great for north-east football, because he did a lot of this [to earn his] call-up at Sunderland."
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is 'disappointed' at the departure of Tony Pulis from his former club, Crystal Palace.
Palace confirmed last night that Pulis had left the club by mutual consent, less than 48 hours ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
Pardew made 128 appearances for Crystal Palace between 1987 and 1991.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes he and the club need to improve next season.
Pardew was speaking after his side's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on the final day of the Premier League season.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says he accepts the pressure from supporters after the club's recent slump in form.
The Magpies have now lost six Premier League games in a row and some fans were seen holding up banners against Pardew in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on Monday night.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hailed the club's fans the best in the world - even though most of the 2,000 spent Monday night chanting 'six in a row'.
The 3-0 loss was the Magpies' sixth straight Barclays Premier League defeat and supporters continued their campaign to see him removed as manager.
Goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Oliver Giroud were enough to push Arsenal to the brink of Champions League qualification while, for Newcastle, it appears they are ambling towards a top-half finish. But the Newcastle faithful turned on their manager with chants of "we want Pardew out".
Despite all of that Pardew, who was back on the touchline following a seven-game ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler, was full of praise for the supporters.
"We've got the best fans in the world," he declared.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has backed Shola Ameobi to follow him into management.
He is a very important leader. He is a player who is going to have a huge future on the coaching and managerial front himself.
He has had great experience here. You have to remember, he has experienced the real heady days under [Sir] Bobby [Robson] and some disappointing days as well.
He has seen it all and that gives him great experience for this particular club, and that's why he is very, very important in my changing room.
A minority of Newcastle United supporters were calling for the Manager's head last weekend.
Alan Pardew came under fire as his team lost at Stoke, continuing a dismal sequence of premier league results.
The Magpies boss has had a few days to reflect on the fans anger and today he responded to criticism aimed at him and his team.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has insisted the club needs to improve its squad in the summer.
The Magpies travel to Stoke in the Premier League this afternoon.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is hoping his side can get their "winning momentum" back from earlier in the season.
Despite a promising first-half of the campaign, the Magpies fallen away in the race for a Europa League spot after suffering four defeats in their last five Premier League games.
Newcastle also have a host of key players out injured, including top scorer Loic Remy.