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Bizarre outrage from Newcastle fans on Jonjo Shelvey and England

4 years ago
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When the England squad was named for Friday’s match against Scotland, Jonjo Shelvey was not included.

This brought howls of derision from many Newcastle fans, outraged that the United midfielder had been overlooked.

Isaac Hayden stated after Saturday that Jonjo Shelvey was the best central midfielder in the Championship, whilst Ian Holloway recently declared he was the best player ever to have played in the second tier, but does that equal being in the current England squad?

It is a year since Shelvey last played for his country, November 2015 seeing him make substitute appearances against France and Spain.

Monday saw Newcastle fans thinking this might be his chance, Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater pulling out of the squad with bruised ribs, only to be replaced by left-back Aaron Cresswell…

The odd decision to replace a central midfielder with a third left-back in the squad, means that Gareth Southgate has the following midfielders available:

Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Andros Townsend, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard

Looking at that list it would appear that Wilshere, Dier and Henderson are the central midfield options, as the others are wide players.

My point is though, why on earth would Newcastle fans want Jonjo Shelvey to be included???

Yes he is playing some great stuff but why would it be a good thing for us, if he had been called up by Gareth Southgate?

As it stands, Shelvey has this period of time to maybe relax, rest a little, whilst the intensity of training eases a little, a chance to be refreshed and refocused ahead of what looks a tough match at Leeds after the international break. Maybe he’ll have a few chats with Rafa, see how he can tweak is game and see how Newcastle can get more out of him.

Alternatively, if Jonjo Shelvey had got the call-up, he would have had to rush off to join the England squad, his mind would have been anywhere but on Newcastle. Then the reality being that (like Cresswell) he would have ended up sitting on the bench and watching the match as a non-participant at Wembley on Friday. Plus obviously you would imagine that the England training sessions would be more intense than what he’ll do with Newcastle during the break, with more risk of injury.

Yes I quite like to see England make the Euros and World Cups but I am a million times more bothered about Newcastle United.

Jonjo Shelvey is the one player who can’t be replaced in this Newcastle team and as we have seen with the likes of Norwich losing their last three matches, we don’t have any more of an automatic right to keep on winning and retain out place as overwhelming favourites.

It may have done Shelvey’s ego a little good to be recognised and to sit on England’s bench but Newcastle United are both his and ours only priority this season, England can wait.

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