Gareth Southgate oversaw the latest borefest on Friday night.

England drawing 0-0 with Germany in yet another game where you struggled to retain the will to win when watching it.

As usual, you had all those with a vested interest talking up the performance, but it was just the usual tame and negative display.

Not only were Jake Livermore and Jack Cork named in the squad but they actually got on the pitch.

Exactly what this pair would have to offer England in any tournament finals is anybody’s guess.

The West Brom midfielder played 86 minutes before Burnley’s Cork replaced him.

Yes this was Germany but you get the feeling that they just go through the motions in friendlies and could step it up at any time, such as games that matter in finals.

Whereas England give it 100% in these kickabouts but with same negative game plan (only one attempt on target last night), just occasionally with different named average players filling a shirt instead.

I’m not saying Jonjo Shelvey is a world great but when you only have a few England friendlies between now and the end of the season and selecting the squad for Russia, surely it would be more productive to at least give somebody a chance who can offer something different…and more dangerous.

Gareth Southgate lost six of his original squad but called up only three to replace them, preferring to leave empty spaces rather than calling up Jonjo Shelvey.

The non-selection is surely a political and not football based decision, with England choosing to not pick Shelvey due to his misdemeanours.

Quite amazing when you consider how they kept choosing repugnant characters such as John Terry, despite his catalogue of offences that brought the national team into disrepute.

When asked about Jonjo Shelvey’s omission, Gareth Southgate made the mistake of trying to justify it.

Claiming ‘Jonjo Shelvey is a different type of player’ than what he was looking for when it came to these friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

The England boss saying Shelvey ‘plays deeper, plays almost in the quarterback position’ for Newcastle.

Obviously he doesn’t fit in with the England demands of not passing the ball further than 10 yards, usually backwards or sideways.

So exactly which games would be suitable for the Newcastle midfielder?

We can all now look forward to a tournament finals where England might just struggle out of their group because they are handed a kind draw, struggling to create chances and score goals, then instantly get knocked out once they play anybody half decent.

Gareth Southgate:

“I think Jonjo Shelvey is a different type of player.

“He plays deeper, plays almost in the quarterback position for his club.

“We were needing something a little bit different for these games.”



  • Awaymag

    I’m not convinced

  • Steve Pearce

    As I keep saying an England manager who was both a player and manager of Boro will never pick a Newcastle player for international duty. It is as simple as that. Which doesn’t bother me a bit as I only support one team and don’t care about the World Cup or any other international competition.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Couldn’t give two monkeys about Engerland, their games really don’t interest me at all.
    Only room in my life for one average (at best) football team.

  • Leazes Ender

    Didn’t watch it, couldn’t care less. pointless London game interrupting the football calendar.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A younger version of Woy, hasn`t got a clue & they`ll be on the 1st plane back from Russia next year.
    didn`t watch it, knew it would be boring.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    See the Paddys are playing tonight, have to dig up my Denmark shirt

  • Andynufc

    No Southgate is just a FA yes man and coward who fears a media backlash over picking Shelvey due to past FA charges. England are crying out for a player like him who is always looking for that forward pass. Not the usual sideways or backwards Henderson

  • Wor Lass

    Yet another post being moderated – and it`s always the long ones!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Ha ha ha

  • Wor Lass

    Still haven`t cracked it – somewhere there`s an innocuous combination of letters that Disqus doesn`t like. It`s the one thing I don`t like about it. Gonna have one last try!

  • Wor Lass

    I give up!!!!

  • Paul Patterson

    A long winded reply from Southgate saying ‘Shelvey isn’t going to Russia’.
    He could score 10 goals and have 20 assists this season and that won’t change anything.

  • hetonmag

    If ever there’s a player made for Jon Jo it’s Vardy who plays on the shoulder of defender’s but that’s probably too forward thinking for that boring manager.

  • Da Ca

    Jon jo will never play for England again because he was found guilty of racial abuse but instead of saying he was wrong and asking for forgiveness he maintains that he never done it .
    So after the aluko case England will not pick him because the flack from the media will be to much for them so just accept he’s not getting in.

    • East Durham Mag

      It didn’t stop John Terry being picked but he of course played for Chelsea.

      • Da Ca

        ALUKO

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Shelvey is awful man !
    He is lacking pace and forces the team 15 yards further back down the park through his need to play on the defences toes … he hides from real midfield duties by playing off the centre halfs and forces our number 10 to drop into midfield to cover his absence and our wide men hey less possession in areas that suit their have because Shelvey wants to knock Long raking passes that come off 1 in 20 … our best football has come when Hayden and Merino have played together abs and their mobility and pace along with passing have United defence with attack ..

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Shelvey is awful man !
    He is lacking pace and forces the team 15 yards further back down the park through his need to play on the defences toes … he hides from real midfield duties by playing off the centre halfs and forces our number 10 to drop into midfield to cover his absence and our wide men have less possession in areas that suit their Game because Shelvey wants to knock Long raking passes that come off 1 in 20 … our best football has come when Hayden and Merino have played together, movement, mobility and pace along with passing have combined defence with attack ..

    • Wor Lass

      I don`t think he`s awful but there`s a lot to what you say. He certainly couldn`t do the job that either Loftus-Cheek or Livermore did last night.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        he couldnt, but then again nobody on that field can deliver a long ball like him, both teams were shyte & boring
        i switched over after 20 mins

    • Derek

      Name one English player who can play a raking ball, in behind the defence, that players like Jamie Vardy can run on to? Maybe half the time no1 gets on the end of these ‘Hollywood passes’ Is because we have a tree-stump like Joselu upfront!

      • Soldier

        He`s ideal for the likes of Vardy or Kane

  • Taz

    Shelves still had to improve his game for newcast, never mind playing for England, far to many attempts at Hollywood passes that don’t come off that often as far as I’m concerned.

  • pedrodelgardo

    I’m glad he didn’t get picked, look what happened to Atsu!

  • molend

    Whether he deserves a place or not, we all know that, if he were transferred to a London club, particularly Spurs, in January, he’d at least be in the frame. ‘Pochettino tames Shelvey’s wild side’. ‘Spurs bring out the best in raking-pass playmaker’. ‘Shelvey’s racist remarks never happened’. ‘Shelvey victim of racist abuse’. ‘Shelvey next Galactico?’ Frankly, anybody who gets excited about the ‘national’ side needs their head looking at.

  • Albert Stubbins

    John Terry played because he was probably England’s most consistent performer despite his lack of class off the field. Shelvey isn’t even consistent for newcastle.

  • MadMag83

    To be fair Loftus Cheek played well, would be a great signing for us if we could get him. Kinda glad Shelvey didn’t get picked given our injury record around international breaks.

    I don’t fancy England’s chances if Southgate thinks you can play quarter back, wrong ball mate!