Gareth Southgate has picked his England squad for the upcoming World Cup and not only has Fabian Delph been picked over Shelvey for the 23-man squad, both Jake Livermore and Lewis Cook have been chosen over the NUFC midfielder as reserve options.
Call-ups for Dier, Henderson and Loftus-Cheek all seem justifiable to me, but including Delph – a player who’s been in and out City’s side as a left-back – is totally bizarre (CLICK HERE to see squad in full)
It gets worse though. Southgate’s named five players who are on a five-man ‘standby’ list, and two include West Brom’s Jake Livermore and Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook. The latter is a talented player who’s done well this season (albeit it nowhere near as talented as Jonjo), but picking Livermore is a disgrace.
Shelvey is excluded for alleged issues over his ‘temperament and discipline’, yet this is a player who stole a taxi on a recent club trip to Barcelona in the midst of West Brom’s fight for survival!
NUFC fans are baffled and rightly so. Here’s some reactions on social media to news that Delph, Livermore and Cook are in Southgate’s plans ahead of Shelvey:
The fact Shelvey isn’t in the squad is a complete insult. The fact Jake Livermore and Lewis Cook are ahead of him as stand by is a complete and utter disgrace.
— Zak Stephenson (@ZakStephenson__) May 16, 2018
BUT – Delph has? He’s barely featured all season, and even that was as a LB.
Don’t even get me started on Lewis Cook, Lallana & Livermore on stand-by 🙈
Oh well. Here’s to not making it out the group 🍻 #nufc
— Harry Phipps-Clark (@PhippsClark) May 16, 2018
LEWIS COOK AND JAKE LIVERMORE ON STANDBY AHEAD OF JONJO SHELVEY. LEWIS COOK AND JAKE. LIVERMORE. pic.twitter.com/AqB9RkHvIi
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 16, 2018
So Southgate has picked part time Man City left-back Delph & taxi-stealing, coke-sniffing Livermore over Shelvey, all because of Jonjo's 'temperament & discipline."
*cough* Hasn't been booked in 2018, best passer England have *cough*
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) May 16, 2018
Nine defenders, Jamaal Lascelles not one of them, Danny Welbeck in the squad, Shelvey not even on the stand by list but Jake Livermore and Lewis Cook are. Gareth Southgate is a very clueless man.
— Adam. (@SimplyMitro) May 16, 2018
I understand Jonjo Shelvey not being in the England World Cup squad, but the fact Lewis Cook & Jake Livermore are on standby ahead of him is laughable. #nufc
— Daniel White (@danwhitepr) May 16, 2018