England call-up midfield duo ahead of Jonjo Shelvey despite injury crisis, sparking intriguing fan reaction

Football fans from across the country have responded with a mixed reaction after seeing Jonjo Shelvey overlooked once again by Gareth Southgate, with the England boss choosing to bring in Jack Cork and Jake Livermore in place of central midfielders Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph and Harry Winks – who all withdrew through injury this week.

England aren’t blessed with too many talented central midfielders as it is, so it really is quite strange that Jonjo couldn’t even earn a call-up when we were left so short of forward thinking midfielders.

I’d admit, Shelvey hasn’t been at his best this season, but it has been said time and time again that England lack creativity from midfield and a player who is willing to get a hold of the ball and look forward.

Our central midfield options ahead of the friendly with Germany on Saturday consist of Jack Cork, Eric Dier and Jake Livermore – three players who are far too similar and anything but forward thinking.

Don’t get me wrong, until he finds some more consistency, there’s reasons for not picking Shelvey when England have everyone fit, but I’m really struggling here and some of the tweets on the matter following England’s decision make interesting reading.



England have been criticised for a lack of creativity from midfield and Southgate has proceeded to overlook players who could actually offer us exactly that – how long is Shelvey’s temperament going to be used against him I wonder?

Here’s some fan reactions to Cork and Livermore being called up following England’s central midfield injury crisis this week – it’s clear people sit on either side of the fence when it comes to Jonjo Shelvey!

Where do you stand on the matter?

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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