Glenn Hoddle backs Jonjo Shelvey
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
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