The decision of Gareth Southgate to totally ignore the claims of Jonjo Shelvey, is looking ever worse as the weeks roll by.
If England had great creative options as an alternative that would be fair enough.
However, to have such an average array of central midfield options AND Jonjo Shelvey now on form week after week, Southgate is now simply looking foolish in refusing to even include him as a fringe player.
Many people have already said that whilst he wouldn’t necessarily start, Jonjo Shelvey would be ideal to come off the bench for England when/if they are struggling to create and open up defences.
Respected journalist Brian Ganville has now added his voice.
He comments: ‘Blessed are the playmakers. If you can find them. Voices are now calling for the belated return of Jonjo Shelvey to an England team which still lacks an inside forward to keep the wheels turning.”
Glanville puts up Jack Wilshere as his top creative option and says he should be an automatic choice, whilst he nominates Shelvey as next best, saying ‘It would make some sense were he [Shelvey] allowed to add to those previous six caps’, with his ‘clever distribution’.
With Wilshere so injury prone and struggling to get a start for Arsenal even when fit [only 11 PL starts this season – with only 3 since January], it then surely makes it all the more important that Shelvey should be seriously considered.
Brian Glanville made much of his reputation thanks to covering the England team and interesting to see what Gareth Southgate does with his squad for the final pre-World Cup get together and friendlies after the season ends, before he names his final 23 man squad for Russia.
Brian Glanville writing for World Soccer:
‘Blessed are the playmakers. If you can find them. Voices are now calling for the belated return of Jonjo Shelvey to an England team which still lacks an inside forward to keep the wheels turning.
There is always Jack Wilshere who missed through injury the last two England games.
Wilshere when fit should surely be automatic choice for an England team whose attack still does not tick over. It squeezed that narrow win over a Dutch team which looked dreadfully feeble on the night.
The Romford-born Shelvey is still only 26 and his clever distribution of the ball has done much to revive a Newcastle United team which had looked in danger of relegation.
It would make some sense were he allowed to add to those previous six caps, even if they never enabled him to hold a regular England place.
There is a sterility about the current England attack even if things should improve with the return of Harry Kane. But even when he is playing, somebody has to give him the ball.’