Danny Murphy has no doubts whatsoever that one Newcastle player should be on the plane to Russia.
Whilst Gareth Southgate has failed to call up any Newcastle player in his time as England manager, Murphy believes that it will be a massive oversight if he fails to pick Jonjo Shelvey in his final 23 man squad this summer.
After yet another excellent Shelvey performance as Newcastle won their third home match in a row against Huddersfield, Murphy was asked if the NUFC midfielder offers something ‘a little bit different’.
Danny Murphy agreed ‘100%’ and said that whilst he wouldn’t necessarily see the former Liverpool and Swansea player as a sure starter, he does think that he would be invaluable to come on when England are struggling to break down opposition.
The Match of The Day pundit saying Jonjo Shelvey is ‘the best passer’ England have got and that ‘against packed defences’, the midfielder is the one who could make a difference.
Having been ignored for the 27 man England squad in March, as was Jamaal Lascelles.
We are now left with a position whereby neither of them look to have any chance of a call-up and very likely looking at the same old same old central midfielders, where England have any number who Southgate can select who do the basics very well maybe – but who don’t offer something a little bit special/different like Shelvey could potentially do.
‘Could you make an argument that Jonjo Shelvey, yes he has negatives to his game, but he offers Gareth Southgate something a little bit different as an England Manager?’
“I think in terms of opening up a packed defence, Jonjo Shelvey is the best passer we have got.
“I understand the other side of it, discipline or defensive responsibilities, but when you look at the England squad and players in his position…
“Maybe not to start – but I would take him [to Russia}.
“Because I think against packed defences Jonjo Shelvey is the one who can do that.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 0
Newcastle: Perez 80
Possession was Huddersfield 37% Newcastle 63%
Total shots were Huddersfield 4 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Huddersfield 0 Newcastle 3
Corners were Huddersfield 3 Newcastle 3
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 67), Shelvey, Diame (Hayden 79), Shelvey, Kenedy, Gayle (Slimani 75)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Murphy
Crowd: 52,261 (3,000 Huddersfield)
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 0 go HERE)
(Despite not one effort on target David Wagner says Huddersfield didn’t deserve to lose! Read HERE)
(Rafa Benitez reaction to the win HERE)
(Paul Merson gets very animated after watching Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 0 – Read it HERE)
(Alan Shearer loving what he saw as Newcastle beat Huddersfield – Read it HERE)