Shola for PM! Pardew hails Ameobi with Toon striker set for World Cup debut

November 22, 2013 8:08 AM

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Alan Pardew has refused to rule out any role for Newcastle stalwart Shola Ameobi - even the striker turning up at 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister.

Ameobi is in the Nigeria squad that made it to next summer's world Cup in Brazil by beating Ethiopia in the final African qualifying round, and the Magpies boss sung the praises of his forward.

Newcastle host Norwich as the Premier League gets back in full swing after the international break, and Pardew wasn't slow to single out Ameobi in particular for his efforts for club and country.

'I don’t think he will go to another World Cup and it is fantastic for him and Nigeria are lucky to have him,' said Pardew.

'He is a top top player. He is in form and could be a surprise package in the World Cup who will do well on that stage.

Pardew also pointed to his other international stars - and it will be a happy St. James' Park this week, with their large French contingent celebrating last-gasp qualification for next summer's tournament.

France pulled back from the brink of a shock failure by beating Ukraine 3-0 to advance in their play-off.

'It's been a good week for the French players and enormous boost for them. Cabaye has been at the centre of that and Debuchy played in both games.

Newcastle are looking to build upon two impressive victories against Chelsea and Tottenham, and Pardew had reason to celebrate - except for Papiss Cisse he has a full squad to call on.

'Everyone is training today, all the senior players are ready. This time last year we were in terrible condition with injuries and this year is the total opposite which is good news,' he said.

'We have no excuse this year we have had a good rest and our guys have had fantastic results in the World Cup break.


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