Speaking on BBC 5 Live during England’s woeful performance against Slovenia last night, former Newcastle United and England star Chris Waddle has called for Jonjo Shelvey to gain a call up, stating he is the ‘best’ long distance passer he’s ever seen.
A big claim from Waddle, however he later added that he unfortunately doesn’t see it happening, fearing he won’t get a call up for ‘reasons we don’t know’.
England looked woefully short of creativity from midfield last night and Waddle said the following during the game on BBC Radio 5 Live, suggesting the NUFC midfielder should be given his chance to give the Three Lions something they were dearly missing last night:
“People knock me down when I say it, but Jonjo Shelvey is the best I’ve seen at passing the ball at distance.
“But he won’t get in the squad for reasons we don’t know.”
There’s certainly a big opportunity for Jonjo between now and next summers World Cup, however Waddle’s comments did provoke quite a mixed response on social media:
Shelvey over Dier and Henderson any day of the week
— DannyHayes (@DannyHayes_) October 5, 2017
If Livermore is good enough for England, a fit and on form Shelvey must surely be better. Bad boy image going against him?
— Steve Wallwork (@stevewallwork) October 2, 2017
Let us know your thoughts. Has Waddle got a point or does Shelvey have a long way to go before he can be considered for the national team?