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



  • GC

    Wow, I’ve had some dodgy nights out but always scrubbed better than that. He makes David Icke look switched on

    • Leicester Mag

      Looks like he’d give a badgers ar$3 a friction burn!

      • Peaky

        Albert Steptoe springs to mind….

        • Jezza

          Maybe so but Albert Steptoe could never beat three players with one touch of the ball then curl it into the top corner from 30 yards.

  • 5floorshigh

    says the man who dropped Gazza from a world cup squad !

    • Peaky

      Aye you’re right….the bloke isn’t plumbed in right….

      • Jezza

        He may be a strange character but he was one of the very best footballers I ever had the good fortune to see play.

    • Jezza

      To be fair Gazza was 31, well past his best and in the grip of alcoholism when he was left out of the world cup squad. I wouldn’t have picked him either.

      • 5floorshigh

        a drunk 31 yr old Gazza was still a good bet above most players…..at least a spot on the bench

    • Keeganontherebound

      I was actually at the pre-World Cup friendlies in Morocco and Gazza was shocking. I didn’t think Hoddle would have the bottle to drop him but he did the right thing.

  • Leazes.

    Are you a Mail reader as well Jackie or do you just use it when Graham Porter nips to the bog?

  • Rich Lawson

    Southgate,as he was as a player is thouroghly unadventoros as a manager ,no wild cards in his squad,as the supposed monica on the England bus says ”keep the engine running” ‘cos they will be going straight back to the airport after the group stages

  • Mxpx

    The only question that needs to be answered is is shelvey better than jake livermore I think you’d find it very difficult to find someone that understands football and says no