Jonjo Shelvey for England and to make the plane to Russia?

I suppose there are two ways, at least, of looking at it.

Either the Newcastle midfielder is timing his return to form perfectly in the lead up this final England squad before the season ends.

Or, it is a case of too little too late.

You have to think that if Jonjo Shelvey had played all season, as he has done in these last two home matches against Man Utd and Southampton, it would be very difficult for anybody to argue he didn’t deserve to be on that plane to the World Cup finals.

The last England squad saw both Jake Livermore and Jack Cork selected…

On Thursday Gareth Southgate names his latest squad for the friendlies against Italy and Holland,

Sky Sports have already analysed potential goalkeepers to go to Russia, as well as defenders including Jamaal Lascelles, now they are considering which England midfielders should go – including Jonjo Shelvey.

Looking at the analysis and bookies odds below, I’m guessing Shelvey is trying to get in ahead of one or more of the likes of Delph, Winks, Wilshere and maybe Loftus-Cheek.

The Newcastle midfielder’s obvious advantage is his passing, arguably the best of any England possible. These recent games for NUFC have seen a very definite improvement in his work ethic, making him look a more complete midfielder. As an impact sub over in Russia, I would argue he could/would be a better bet than many of these other candidates.

Sky Sports analysis on the England midfielders vying for Russia:

‘There have been calls from some quarters for Jonjo Shelvey to get the call. Shelvey struggles for consistency, but when he does turn it on, he can be very effective – just as he was in Newcastle’s surprise win over Manchester United.

Out-of-favour Chelsea duo Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater have not played enough football to warrant getting into Southgate’s squad, but may sneak in due to past reputation. Fabian Delph is another without many games under their belt still in with a shout of a call-up.

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The real surprise call-up could be if Southgate elects to give Andros Townsend his chance once again. Statistically, Townsend ranks among the top-performing English midfielders, despite Crystal Palace languishing just above the relegation zone,

According to Sky Bet, the central midfielders most likely to get called up are Dier (1/10), Henderson (1/3), Wilshere (1/2), with Delph and Winks (both 6/4). Alli is a near-certainty at 1/20, as is Lingard (1/8).

Out wide, Sterling (1/12) and Lallana (8/11), despite his injury woes, are odds-on to get the call, while Loftus-Cheek’s performance against Germany has shortened his odds, despite his injury lay off. (7/2).

Outside bets include Shelvey (10/1), Cook (10/1), Cork (22/1), and Townsend (16/1).’

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    England bore me to death, the midfield pass the ball square or back they haven`t got a player with Jonjo`s passing ability. Kane or Vardy would have a field day if Shelvey was supplying them
    I think a forward looking England manager would select him but i doubt the idiot we have will.

    • Wor Lass

      My worry with Jonjo is him getting wound up. At international level the players are artists when it comes to goading people and I`m not sure how much he`s sorted that side of things out. He seems more focused now and Rafa`s trusting him so maybe he has it under control. One thing`s for sure, he can pass the ball instantly in any direction to one of his own players – that would make a change for England.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I wouldn`t worry, Dele Ali`s on the same team.
        then again

        • Dillon Tovak

          The thing with Ali unfortunately, whilst still a massive 🛎 end, is he’s better than our shelves.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Colbacks a shoe in then.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Touch n go whether Golden Bollox Kane going to be ready in time…..but hey ho at least he’ll be fit to join Real Madrid in August…..every cloud and all that…

  • Paul Patterson

    He’s not based in London/Manchester and he isn’t Mr Popular with England management. As with Lascelles it’s a no-go . .

    • Peaky Magpie

      TBH I hope neither Jonjo or Lascelles get picked as the World Cup is normally just one big shop window…..and who is the king of big tat shop windows……mmmmm I wonder….

  • mentalman

    he didn’t play in the youth teams for Southgate so he’s got no chance

  • Rich Lawson

    Southgate is not a chance taker. I don’t think anything he does in the next 2 friendlies as far as ”newbies” goes will reflect anything other than a squad (barring injuries) we could all write now as far as the final’s go.No NUFC involvement .

  • Dillon Tovak

    I’d definitely take Townsend. I’d take Shelvey if it wasn’t for his ability to lose his head, the first game of the season against Spurs was a big televised match and he messed up big time, imagine him doing that against Argentina in the quarters. He doesn’t have the Beckham factor to be forgiven for that.
    Lascelles a definite.

  • Mxpx

    I would not consider shelvey as a first choice but I would have him in the squad as his passing range offers us something I see nobody else offering us

  • Mrkgw

    Shelvey is a gifted player in terms of technical ability. He will need to convice Southgate that he has calmed himself and can play to a high standard consistently. That said, he is better than rival players in the likes of Wilshire, Delph, etc. If I were England manager, I would include him. Our recent England managers do nevertheless, prefer the dull, safe approach and if he were to be snubbed then look at it as being their loss.