Paul Merson thinks Jonjo Shelvey has been harshly treated.
The former Arsenal and England player saying that the Newcastle midfielder deserved to be in the England squad because ‘No-one else passes the ball like him.’
Backing up that opinion, Paul Merson makes a big claim…’Jonjo Shelvey has the best range (of passing) in the league in my opinion.’
Clearly, Merson believes that Shelvey has been ignored by Gareth Southgate for only one reason, a perceived lack of discipline – ‘I know people say Jonjo Shelvey is a loose cannon…’
England beat a very poor Holland on Friday night with a single goal by Lingard.
However, they take on Italy on Tuesday night at Wembley and Paul Merson thinks this would have been ideal for the Newcastle man, a real make or break moment for Shelvey.
Merson says the Italians are ‘the biggest wind-up merchants in football, and if he loses his head, see you later.’
Certainly his recent Newcastle form has been excellent and in terms of discipline, Jonjo Shelvey hasn’t picked up a single card since mid-December.
As Paul Merson also says though, Shelvey has no chance now of being on the plane to Russia and the only thing Newcastle fans are concerned about is that he continues his recent club form.
A continuation of that and no more moments of gross stupidity, then even Gareth Southgate (if he still has the job…) wouldn’t be able to ignore the Newcastle player’s claims ahead of the likes of superstars such as Jake Livermore…
Paul Merson talking to The Star:
“I would like to have seen Jonjo Shelvey and Glenn Murray in the England squad for both of these internationals.
“Neither of them has any chance of going to the World Cup now but I think they both deserved a chance to stake a claim.
“Shelvey deserves a chance…No-one else passes the ball like him.
“Jonjo Shelvey has the best range in the league in my opinion.
“Even Jack Wilshere doesn’t have his passing range.
“ I know people say Jonjo Shelvey is a loose cannon but put him in the squad and let him play against the Italians, the biggest wind-up merchants in football, and if he loses his head, see you later.
“I think it’s a shame he’s not being given the chance to prove he can handle it.”