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6 drop out of England squad – Time for Jonjo Shelvey yet?

4 years ago

England play Germany on Friday at Wembley, then Brazil next Tuesday (14 November) at the same venue.

That is, if they have a team to put out…

At the moment it is six and counting when it comes to those dropping out.

Dele Alli was the first, then followed by Harry Winks and Harry Kane.

That trickle getting ever bigger, as now on Tuesday it has been confirmed that Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, and Fabian Delph, have also now left the squad.

Interesting to see how many of the half dozen end up still playing for their clubs in the first game back after the internationals…

So far, England have called up Everton defender Michael Keane, as well as West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore, to help plug the gaps.

England say that they will release a further squad update later, presumably today.

In addition, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was late in joining up with the national team, having first been assessed by his club’s medical team.

Jamaal Lascelles was much talked about before the squad was announced, and could count himself unlucky not to be included maybe, with the likes of Liverpool’s Joe Gomez getting in ahead of him.

I think though that if the Newcastle captain hadn’t picked up that injury on Saturday, he would very likely have got into the squad via these half dozen pulling out.

So will Jonjo Shelvey now make it, especially with it being the likes of Delph and Henderson pulling out, who play in his position, which is on top of Winks having already opted out.

With a normal start to the season, no stupid red card and if playing regularly, I think Shelvey would surely be a knocking bet. Only three months before joining Newcastle he was a regular in the England squad still, starting in a Euro 2016 qualifier in October 2015.

They must surely be now really struggling to think of alternatives and only the bans Shelvey has served in the past year standing between himself and a squad recall.

On ability he surely should be in but you can’t help thinking that no doubt politics are playing a part in any deliberations, even though Jonjo Shelvey still disputes that he made a racist remark in September 2016 against Wolves.

Nice to have recognition for your players at international level but you do wonder just what is to be gained if your better/key players head off to sit on the bench, missing most of the build-up to what is a massive game at Old Trafford in 11 days time.


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