I have seen some cracking Newcastle United headlines so far this season.
As the newspapers battle ever harder to grab our attention, they take things to the limit.
However, I think this latest one must be the best of the season so far.
On this occasion, I think what makes it even better is that they quite possibly aren’t trying to sensationalise matters and whoever wrote it, just doesn’t understand how ridiculous the whole idea is anyway.
Step forward The Mail with this cracker after Newcastle’s game against Swansea:
‘Jonjo Shelvey may have ended his own England World Cup hopes’
With the article then reading:
‘Jonjo Shelvey might just have lost his last outside chance of being involved in England’s World Cup squad with his petulant reaction to being substituted in Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Swansea.
A closer look at the maverick midfield man was almost certainly the reason Gareth Southgate chose to take in that game with no other obvious international candidate on show.
Shelvey had a decent game and was heavily involved in the creation of Newcastle’s equaliser, but then threw a paddy and refused to shake the hand of boss Rafa Benitez when he was subbed with eight minutes left.
Could Southgate really afford that sort of attitude in his squad for Russia in the summer?’
In the real world, never in a million years was Gareth Southgate there to watch Jonjo Shelvey.
That is Jonjo Shelvey who hasn’t scored a single Premier League goal or got an assist all season. Jonjo Shelvey who has struggled to even get into Newcastle’s team this campaign.
Back in November when players were dropping like flies out of his squad for England friendlies, Gareth Southgate preferred to even bring kids in rather than Jonjo Shelvey.
If Southgate was at St James Park to watch any Newcastle player, it surely could only be Jamaal Lascelles (who was out injured in November when Southgate was short of players).
The player/captain who has made a massive difference in the games he has played, as opposed to Shelvey who has contributed next to nothing.
It was painfully embarrassing that Shelvey refused to shake Rafa’s hand, a total lack of class, but in terms of his shortcomings for Newcastle United….and England, I think it is the least of his worries.