Jermaine Jenas responds to Newcastle backlash

Jermaine Jenas has finally responded to the backlash he received from his recent comments about Newcastle.

The ex-England international faced a storm of criticism on social media last weekend, when he implied that lower standards at Newcastle hurt him as a player.

Jenas was speaking on the BT Sport Premier League Review show, and was brutally honest about his career, saying he lives with regrets over a career he considers he underachieved in.

The 35-year-old blamed several factors for not reaching the level he wanted to, and was perfectly happy to put most of the blame on himself. However, he went on to say that returning from England training to play for Newcastle would lower his standards.

“I felt when I was with England, you could feel the winners in the dressing room. We never performed really well as a team, too many individuals and not enough of us together,” Jenas said.

“But I felt when I came back from England my levels went up and I could feel them almost dwindle as the weeks went on. Training with England was at such an intense level and everyone wants to be in the team.

“I’d come back to Newcastle and I’d be up here, miles ahead of everybody and then literally because the demand wasn’t as high at Newcastle as it was with England, my standards just dropped and dropped gradually throughout the weeks.”

The comments even prompted a cynical response from Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, who tweeted his apologies to Jenas for not being up the required standard.

Jenas had not been active on social media since the comments, presumably due to the backlash he received from Newcastle fans. The 35 year-old, who made 110 league appearances on Tyneside before moving to Spurs, has clearly seen the funny side of it.