Alan Shearer Didn't Agree With Jermaine Jenas Assessment Of His Own Career
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'Jenas by name, genius by nature' was the line used in commentary once upon a time but he never fulfilled that potential. Speaking on Saturday the former Newcastle player explained why that was but Alan Shearer didn't agree.
Jermaine Jenas was a pretty decent midfielder once and he had the world ahead of him. Of course injuries and an inability to quite reach the next level meant that he was never anything more than a pretty decent player.
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The 35 year old was forced to retire aged just 31 because of injury, playing for QPR at the time after eight years playing for Spurs.
He still did well earning 21 caps for England and he's used all that experience to become a good pundit, working both for BBC 5 Live on the radio and MOTD and BT Sport on television.
On Saturday he explained why he failed to fulfil his potential, telling BT: "Training with England, my levels went up. And then, I could almost feel them dwindle as the weeks went on. Training with England was at such an intense level - everyone wants to win, everyone wants to be in the team, and when I came back to Newcastle, I'd be up here [gestures above his head] - miles ahead of everybody.
"Then, literally, because the demand wasn't as high at Newcastle as it was at England, my standards would drop and drop and drop throughout the weeks until I was back to Newcastle level."
However one of his teammates at the time Alan Shearer clearly didn't agree with Jenas' assessment, taking to Twitter:
On behalf of me and my teammates at the time, we apologise @jjenas8 for not being up to your level when you returned from England games!!? https://t.co/hS2f68Pj6t- Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) March 4, 2018
Jenas did ultimately take the blame for his own shortcomings adding, "I don't blame anybody, I look at myself, I do live with regrets."
"I didn't achieve what I set out to achieve."- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 3, 2018
"I don't blame anybody, I look at myself, I do live with regrets..."
An open and brutally honest @jjenas8 discusses his career.#PLTonight pic.twitter.com/Hvpv4kYRqO
Does Jenas have a point?