Newcastle front-man Shola Ameobi today met up with his England Under 21 colleagu
Newcastle front-man Shola Ameobi today met up with his England Under 21 colleagues as one of the Premiership men of the moment. His strike against Southampton on Saturday means that he has now scored three in four games for the Magpies. However, the Nigeria-born Ameobi is quick to deflect attention over his recent success to team-mate Kieron Dyer.
"Kieron's been outstanding these last few weeks," said Ameobi. "He's been out with niggles here and there and every time he's come back he's impressed.
"He did all the hard work down the right in beating his man and it's a simple goal for me. It's fantastic when you've got team-mates like that. He looks like he's back to his best and hopefully he's back for good.
"He's a terrific player and his confidence is high at the minute.
"And on a personal level there's nothing like scoring at St James's Park and I've got to thank the manager for giving me the chance.
"I've got three Premiership goals in four games, which is fantastic. I just want to score goals for the club and the fans."
Of course, not too much time can go by at St James's without mention of that fabulous 3-2 win away at Feyenoord which put United into the Second Phase of the Champions League for the very first time. Ameobi believes the victory was a shining example of Newcastle's attitude under the management of Bobby Robson.
"It was a great victory, as coming back from Feyenoord anything could have happened.
"We couldn't take anything for granted - we had to work really hard. For the first 20 minutes we weren't at our best. We'd got over the travelling.
"We'd got it out of our systems and the team was excellent. It just shows when we went a goal behind. We've been behind an amazing amount of times and come through it. We never give in after going a goal down."
Shola Ameobi joins up with David Platt's U21 squad, whilst Kieron Dyer will be with Sven and the rest of the Seniors.