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Pardew gives Trapattoni his Best

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has told Ireland counterpart Giovanni Trapattoni he might be surprised by in-form striker Leon Best.

The Magpies frontman was omitted from the Ireland squad for the recent qualifiers against Andorra and Armenia despite scoring three goals in this season's Barclays Premier League. Trapattoni insisted he had not forgotten about Best, but said he needed to work harder for his team after watching his display in the 2-1 at Wolves.

Pardew said of Trapattoni's assessment of Best: "That did surprise me. I thought he played very, very well that day [at Wolves] and I thought he worked very hard for the team. We have got contrasting views on that, and I think if he picked Leon Best, he might be surprised."

He added: "They have got some good strikers, to be fair to the manager, and he picks who he wants.

"But in my book at the moment, Leon Best is playing very, very well and working hard."

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