If there had been a vote on Jonjo Shelvey making the England squad for Russia, the backing of the Newcastle United jury would have been overwhelming.
Newcastle fans were slightly incredulous that the midfielder was seemingly never even under consideration for Southgate’s squad that was released this (Wednesday) afternoon. Jamaal Lascelles also missing from the squad going to Russia.
A lot of the outrage/comments from people on Tyneside centres around the competition, some of the other midfielders selected ahead of Jonjo Shelvey, especially on the standby list.
The name that keeps cropping up in particular is Jake Livermore.
The 28 year old played four times for England during this 2017/18 Premier League season whilst Jonjo Shelvey couldn’t even make the recent 27 man squad Gareth Southgate selected earlier this year.
The 23 man squad announced by Southgate can be seen here but the five standby players selected by the England boss were Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana.
I wondered what West Brom fans had been saying about their player?
How did they feel about his form this season and were the Baggies backing up Jake Livermore – believing he should be on the standby list, or even on that plane to Russia?
West Brom fans comment on Jake Livermore via their top West Brom Index message board:
‘Jake Livermore turned up for 4 games after it’s virtually too late, to put himself in the shop window nothing more nothing less, part of taxi-gate (which never gets mentioned), a totally disingenuous person.’
‘Bang on the money with all of that, those are exactly my thoughts on Livermore.’
‘He is still a useless lump, marginally better recently but not even in our top 5 performers over the last 4 games.
Hopefully the recognition he is getting will alert some half soaked manager to bid for him come the summer.’
‘Jake Livermore is possibly the most over-hyped Albion player I’ve ever seen.
Livermore comes along and gets in the England squad, gets nominated for the player of the month etc. I don’t get it – he’s incredibly average and hopefully it means his transfer fee will be massive.’
‘I must say, his performances have improved…but it wasn’t a high threshold to begin with.
He still hasn’t been ‘good’, just better than he was, which was awful.’
‘I think we need to replace Jake Livermore with a more creative, quicker player.’
‘He joins us. He gets into the England squad. He tries to do a Cantona and smash a fan. We stand firmly and very publically behind him. He goes out, breaks a club curfew, gets hammered and ends up in a stolen taxi.
He can leave the club now as far as I’m concerned.’
‘He will want to leave as we are relegated. To do what he did, after we gave him so much support, is inexcusable.’
‘I personally am hoping that someone like Sean Dyche is silly enough to buy him in the summer.
An awful footballer and one I would be happy to see the back of.’
‘Can not remember a game he`s played well for us, needs to be moved on in summer.’
‘When there is a mass exodus in summer I bet we get stuck with this clown.’
‘Please let him have a release clause. He is woeful, I don’t see what anyone sees in him, £10million and £50,000 a week. Thanks Pulis.’
‘He’s garbage. Right call.’
‘Any player wearing an Albion shirt who is on standby, is selected for, plays for his country, makes me feel proud, regardless.’