Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey will be taking it relatively easy these next 10 days or so.

No rushing off to join up with the England squad for them, with the national team set to play Spain and Croatia.

As a Newcastle fan I am quite happy, in a selfish way, for this to be the case, at least in the short-term – considering just how vital they are to NUFC’s hopes/chances of survival this season.

However, the reality is that your better players will aspire to play for their countries and I believe it is very much storing up longer-term problems for Newcastle United. Players now thinking that even moving to a Leicester or Everton could guarantee an instant call-up, never mind a transfer to Spurs or one of the other clubs at the top.

When neither of them made the World Cup squad, there was a belief amongst many Newcastle fans and indeed neutrals, that Shelvey and/or Lascelles could/would be part of a new look post-World Cup squad, given the chance to be part of the build up to the next Euros.

However, two squads later and not an ounce of positivity in that direction.

In fact, you get an increasing feeling that no matter what happens, Gareth Southgate has no intention of giving either Jamaal Lascelles or Jonjo Shelvey a chance.

This latest England squad selection was actually hit by a number of injuries, meaning Southgate had to find replacements for the likes of Delph and others.

The Newcastle pair seemingly not even at the races.

It says it all when Gareth Southgate was forced to defend the non-selection of Ruben Loftus-Cheek. This is a player that has only played 33 Premier League minutes this season, why on earth should someone who never plays, be expected to have a call-up?

Remember, this isn’t even about either Jonjo Shelvey or Jamaal Lascelles actually getting  a game for England, just getting into an actual squad.

I don’t know as much about many of these players of other clubs as I do the NUFC pair but I think their overall profile in this calendar year deserves recognition for at least one of them.

England looked devoid of ideas at the World Cup in the centre of midfield, Shelvey actually already having been an England international and recent games against Leicester, Man Utd and others showing him playing well in a poor team. It is as though he has done something in a past life to upset Gareth Southgate…although that is more a Glenn Hoddle thing.

As for Lascelles, surely he has shown some real potential since Newcastle’s promotion that should have equalled a call-up, instead it appears that Southgate is going out of his way to say he has no chance of getting a chance.

Sunday saw James Tarkowski of Burnley withdraw from this England squad, Southgate instead going for Lewis Dunk of Brighton.

In this past year or so, there must have been at least 40+ players, easily, who have been called up by this England manager, so you just wonder how many more places down from 40+ you would find Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey?

Unless Mike Ashley radically changes how he runs Newcastle, or very preferably, sells the club, we look to be heading for disaster.

Rafa Benitez set to walk away next summer, the likes of Kenedy and Rondon going back to their clubs, even if Newcastle stay up, I can’t see Lascelles, Shelvey and most of the other small group of decent quality players wanting to hang around.

International football isn’t the be all and end all but it is something that all good players will aspire to.

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  • Themoscow72

    It’s always been the same that England hate Newcastle and I hate them to. This goes back to the days of Supermac when he hit five in one game and got dropped.
    One recent England manager visited every Premier League ground even Sunderland but never set foot in St James’s Park. Going to watch Morpeth Town at home to Brighouse this international break then away at Loughborough Dynamo’s the November international break. Would not cross the road to see England.

  • Philippines

    Sorry to say, but for me Shelvey gives it as much to the opposition as he does his own team.

  • Billmag

    The England set up is a bore and a closed shop,being a person proud to be English is it wrong to have no interest what so ever in the national team, you have a manager that’s a perfect fit for the stiffs at the FA a yes man and a bore.

  • NUFC9

    Southgate seems to prefer “modern” defenders who are good on the ball like Stones and McGuire, even moving Walker into the middle. Old style big tough center halves like Cahill, Smalling, Jones, Terry who are good in the air and tough in the tackle but not so good at playing out from the back have all been cast aside. Lascelles is more in the old style mould. Good player but doesn’t fit the manager’s plan. Like Mitrovic with Benitez.

  • BanJones

    Southgate wants his CBs to knock first time passes to and from the keeper and across the back and to and fro with midfielders facing their own goal, I don’t know why but i do know why he doesn’t want Jamaal in that role. Shelvey would be worth looking at as he has something different – a proper range of passing.

  • toonterrier

    An average team with a second class manager who should never have got the job but that’s the FA’s decision to keep their mates happy. Remind me again how many games have we won and lost under this plank.

  • Kneebotherm8

    An outbreak of the bubonic plague might see Southgate consider them for selection……….

  • simonjames60

    Lascelles isn’t international standard.

    He’s our best but he lacks pace, can’t pass and isn’t brave enough to go head to head with anyone big

    Passing is purely sideways or back to keeper. He relies on having shelvey 5 ft away from him or lejeune to distribute

    He’s painfully slow. I remember him being outpaced by Hanley on serval occasions. He’s even slower since his hernia repairs

    Despite being a big lad but won’t mix with the anyone half his size. Always leaves it for the other CB to deal with anyone with a bit of muscle – e.g. Maguire last week – never marked him once from set pieces which should be his job as our big CB,

    To top it off hiss headless chicken impression defending crosses vs man u won’t have helped his case. Out of position ad looked clueless when Sanchez the midget headed in

  • Dillon Tovak

    Neither have been on form so I don’t know why you’d expect them to be included.

  • Spoon_Army

    England is of no interest.