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I was ac­tu­ally very for­tu­nate to get one cap. But you know within five min­utes whether you can cope with that level or not, and I knew that I could play in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

Sam Al­lardyce said that you had let him down when you were ar­rested dur­ing your time at New­cas­tle – do you think that was a fair com­ment?

Dave, via Twit­ter Yes, I think so. He had ev­ery right to feel that way. He had a small win­dow of time with me at New­cas­tle – five months. Within two weeks of Sam sign­ing me, I broke my foot, and there were con­tribut­ing fac­tors to that – it wasn’t through my own mak­ing. I was out for three months and I prob­a­bly rushed back: I wasn’t at the level that I was at before, and I wasn’t com­pletely com­fort­able with the in­jury. Then my form dipped and then I got dropped, so there was a chain of events that set ev­ery­thing off. Did Sam go bal­lis­tic with me when I was ar­rested? He couldn’t, be­cause I was re­manded in Wal­ton jail for six days. I spoke to him on the phone and, as you can imag­ine, he wasn’t best pleased. By the time I was re­leased, got back to the train­ing ground and had the op­por­tu­nity to rec­tify things, Mike Ash­ley had cho­sen to sack him.

What was the hard­est mo­ment dur­ing your time in prison? Were there any good mo­ments?

James, via Face­book The hard­est mo­ment was prob­a­bly the first night, when you re­alise you’ve had your lib­erty taken away from you. There is no easy mo­ment. But are you go­ing to feel sorry for your­self, blame oth­ers, seek to jus­tify why you be­haved the way you did and not re­ally ad­dress the press­ing is­sues of your be­hav­iour? Or are you go­ing to think, ‘This isn’t go­ing to hap­pen again’? My mind­set was to learn from it and then not let it hap­pen ever again. I tried to use the time there to the best ad­van­tage and, sit­ting here to­day, I think that I did.

What are your feel­ings to­wards Alan Pardew and Mike Ash­ley af­ter you weren’t of­fered a con­tract ex­ten­sion ahead of the 2011-12 sea­son?

Ge­ordie Boy, via Twit­ter That’s a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion: I was of­fered a con­tract, but I was of­fered it by Derek Llam­bias, and there were stip­u­la­tions at­tached to that con­tract that I didn’t think he had the cred­i­bil­ity to put in there. I didn’t think he had a clue what he was on about and I made that point quite di­rectly. We didn’t sit down and ne­go­ti­ate again. I was gut­ted, be­cause I re­ally en­joyed play­ing for the club – I felt I was play­ing fan­tas­ti­cally well and I wanted to stay and play there for the rest of my days. I have got no is­sue with Mike Ash­ley. There are cer­tain things that have hap­pened in the past where I’ve had an opin­ion and spoke from the heart about what I saw go­ing on, but I don’t carry any an­i­mos­ity to­wards him. The sad thing is that time has come along and vindi­cated the things that I said. I knew that I was right at the time but peo­ple didn’t, and now they do. It’s nice when you know that you were right, and that you were right five or six years ago.

How close did you re­ally come to join­ing Ar­se­nal in­stead of QPR? Did you ever speak to Arsene Wenger?

‘War­bur­ton Is Magic’, via Twit­ter No, in­ter­me­di­aries spoke on their be­half. There was def­i­nitely some low-level in­ter­est, and before I got sent off against Ar­se­nal, when the thing with Gerv­inho hap­pened, I was due to hold some form of dis­cus­sions with them. But then it never came to be. Would I have liked to have played for Ar­se­nal? Of course. Who wouldn’t?

What was go­ing through your head when you tried to at­tack half of the Manch­ester City team on the day they won the Premier League?

Shane Burns, via Twit­ter The over­rid­ing pri­or­ity was QPR get­ting a re­sult to stay in the league. We equalised, then I checked [Car­los] Tevez’s run and he at­tempted to punch me in the face. It’s weird how peo­ple get away from that. I got up, re­alised that both the lines­man and Mike Dean hadn’t seen it, felt in­cred­i­bly ag­grieved and de­cided to take the law into my own hands and level it up. I shouldn’t

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