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Glenn Hoddle backs Jonjo Shelvey

9 months ago
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Glenn Hoddle has backed one Newcastle star ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.

In three days time, Gareth Southgate names his 23 man squad.

An increasing number of pundits/experts have been pushing the claims of Jonjo Shelvey and the bookies (see below) have slashed his price from 16/1 and higher, to now make him a 2/1 shot to be on the plane.

Glenn Hoddle describes Shelvey as a ‘maverick’ and says that despite him not featuring for England in the qualifiers (Shelvey last played for his country in Autumn 2015 two months before joining Newcastle): ‘I would take Jonjo Shelvey to the World Cup.’

The former England boss thinks that the Newcastle midfielder has improved a weakness under Rafa Benitez, with Hoddle saying that ‘positionally’, Jonjo Shelvey is much better now.

Glenn Hoddle believes that, like many others, ‘Shelvey is a player you would bring on for the last 15 minutes.If you need a goal, he can unlock defences….’

Interestingly, he also makes the point that Jonjo Shelvey could also be of use if England are leading in a match, as he could come on and when they win the ball back, the NUFC player is ideal for launching quick counter-attacks when the other team is pressing.

No doubt Southgate must know pretty well the squad he is set to name but could a stellar performance by Jonjo Shelvey against Chelsea tip the balance?

Glenn Hoddle talking to The Mail:

“It might surprise a few people when I say I would take Jonjo Shelvey to the World Cup, as he is a maverick who hasn’t played in qualifying matches.

“The one thing he provides which England lack, with Adam Lallana’s fitness in question, is a pass from midfield which opens doors.

“He can pick out players with a precisely-weighted ball over the top or a pass threaded through a group of defenders.

“Shelvey is a player you would bring on for the last 15 minutes.

“If you need a goal, he can unlock defences and if you’re winning and a team is attacking you, he has the ability to launch a quick counterattack and open a team up.

“My only worry is that sometimes he loses himself positionally but he’s improved in that regard under Rafa Benitez this season.”

England Schedule:

16 May – 23 man England squad for World Cup finals announced

2 June – Friendly v Nigeria

7 June – Friendly v Costa Rica

12 June – England squad leaves for Russia

18 June – England v  Tunisia

24 June – England v Panama

28 June – England v Belgium

To Make The Final 23 Man 2018 England World Cup Squad Betting:

(selected players)

2/1 Jonjo Shelvey

16/1 Jamaal Lascelles

20/1 Dwight Gayle

All players featuring in the England betting see HERE

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