Former NUFC & England star makes huge claim about Jonjo Shelvey, provoking some interesting reactions

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.”

Shelvey has a way to go, with his consistency and temperament understandably in question, however there’s no doubting his ability and little doubt in my mind that he could offer more than the likes of Harry Winks & Jake Livermore – two central midfielders who are in Southgate’s latest squad.

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:

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?

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been 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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