The 27-year-old took his international goals tally to 40 with three in two games for England against Israel and Russia to mark his return to top form, having opened his season´s account for the Magpies with the first goal in a 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Barnsley and then a late winner against Wigan in the Barclays Premier League.
Allardyce said: "He did it against Wigan and he did it against Barnsley to get us on the way. He is a great goalscorer and he scores very, very crucial goals. Instead of scoring when we are 3-0 up and making it four, he generally scores when you need him to."
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