St James' Park, Newcastle

Next Game

Newcastle v C Palace

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Priestfield Stadium

Last Game

Gillingham 0 - 1 Newcastle

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Ameobi: Newcastle are priority

Shola Ameobi understands Newcastle's fears over his call-up to the Nigeria squad, but says he could not snub their advances.

Last Updated: 13/11/12 at 10:50 Post Comment

Shola Ameobi: Has earned international recognition at the age of 31

Shola Ameobi: Has earned international recognition at the age of 31

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The experienced frontman has earned international recognition for the first time at the age of 31.

He was capped at U21 level by England, but it is only now that the land of his birth have come calling - ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ameobi insists club commitments will always be his top priority, but he is determined to make the most of an opportunity he feared had passed him by.

He said: "I think with my age and the travelling, that's what he's (Alan Pardew) worried about. You don't get back until later, you don't get much time to recover, but it's something that we will look at and make sure I'm not doing a disservice to the club.

"Newcastle will always be No 1 for me, that is the bread and butter, so that is something we'll look at. But he's delighted for me, as you'd expect, because he wants a squad full of internationals here. He's happy for me.

"This is the first opportunity to do something that I've always wanted to do. It's a great honour and I don't take it lightly.

"You'd be a fool if you didn't want to play at the very highest level and certainly I'm no fool. I want to play at the top as every other player does - that's what drives me and that's why I'm still here wanting to play in the Premier League.

"I want to do the best I can, I don't just want to be a local hero, I want to be an international one. That's what has driven the decision."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Fernando Torres: AC Milan open talks with Chelsea over possible transfer

AC Milan have held talks with Chelsea over the transfer of Fernando Torres, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Bayern Munich sign defender Mehdi Benatia from Roma

Mehdi Benatia has completed his move to Bayern Munich by signing a five-year contract after a successful medical.

Indian Super League: Ex-Juventus star David Trezeguet eyes Alessandro Del Piero reunion

David Trezeguet welcomes the impending arrival of ex Juventus team-mate Alessandro Del Piero in the Indian Super League

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property