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.”
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:
2/1 Jonjo Shelvey
16/1 Jamaal Lascelles
20/1 Dwight Gayle
All players featuring in the England betting see HERE