Newcastle United trio Kieron Dyer, Jermaine Jenas and Jonathan Woodgate are in t
Newcastle United trio Kieron Dyer, Jermaine Jenas and Jonathan Woodgate are in tip-top shape after a 5-1 win on Saturday. TheFA.com looks at how they and the rest of Sven's England squad did at the weekend...
The Newcastle United revolution has been recognised by Sven Goran Eriksson in his England squad to face Liechtenstein and Turkey.
Kieron Dyer, Jermaine Jenas and Jonathan Woodgate were all inspirational as Newcastle beat Blackburn 5-1 on Saturday to keep their Premiership title hopes alive.
Jenas scored after coming on as a second-half sub, Woodgate kept Turkey's Hakan Sukur quiet - an omen for April 2? - while Dyer never stopped running and created the fourth goal at St James's Park.
"I just can't believe his energy. I want some of his tablets - or maybe he is taking mine!" joked 70-year-old Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson.
Woodgate has excelled since joining Newcastle from Leeds and nobody on Tyneside is surprised by his England call-up. "He is very comfortable on the ball, his defending is first-class - he is one of the best in the country," said Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given.
Under-21 manager David Platt was at St James's Park to see the Toon trio shine. Sven himself went to Upton Park on Saturday and saw David James keep his third clean sheet on the trot - West Ham's best defensive run for four years. The Hammers beat Sunderland 2-0.
On Sunday, the England coach went to Highbury and saw 17-year-old Wayne Rooney score against Arsenal for the second time this season, although Everton lost the game 2-1.
"It was a fabulous goal. I think it is good for Wayne to be in the squad just to get a feel of what international football is all about," said England's 1970 World Cup star Alan Mullery after hearing about Rooney's inclusion.
Injuries to David Seaman and Ashley Cole means Sol Campbell and Francis Jeffers - scorer against Australia last time out, are the only players from champions Arsenal in the squad. Campbell won praise for his performance against Everton on Sunday, being hailed as "immense" by Sky Sports match pundit Andy Gray.
Liverpool's 3-1 victory against Leeds United also brought good news for England. Michael Owen, Danny Murphy and Steve Gerrard were all on the scoresheet just hours before being named in the England squad.
"I was glad to score the third goal, it killed Leeds off," said Gerrard.
Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt keep the Manchester United contingent at five while John Terry will be in good heart after getting first England call-up.
Terry scored in Chelsea's 5-0 win against Manchester City on Saturday and hopes his inclusion in the squad will eventually lead to his ultimate ambition being realised.
"I would love to be England captain, it has always been a dream of mine. Any player will tell you they want to play for their country and being captain is the ultimate achievement."
ENGLAND SQUAD (for Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Turkey):
James, Robinson, Wright, G Neville, Mills, Bridge, Ferdinand, Campbell, Southgate, Woodgate, Terry, Beckham, Scholes, Butt, Gerrard, Murphy, Dyer, Jenas, Hargreaves, Lampard, Owen, Heskey, Vassell, Jeffers, Rooney.
Lions Watch is compiled by Joe Bernstein