According to widespread reports last night, Jonjo Shelvey is ‘not even being considered’ for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad this summer and will NOT be called up by England due to fears over his ‘discipline and temperament’.
Absolutely embarrassing. To make it worse, John Cross’ piece for the Mirror states that Southgate fears that the 26-year-old will ‘not be a good tourist’.
I’m not sure what on earth that is meant to mean, but what I do know is that Jake Livermore (the man who’ll probably get the nod ahead of him) stole a taxi last time he left the country.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) May 14, 2018
His talent, his form and the way he’s fitted into a hard working disciplined Rafa Benitez side combined with England’s total lack of quality and creativity from midfield just make this decision (and justification) absolutely perplexing.
He’s not only been running the show from midfield and pinging passes left, right and centre, he’s been so much more measured in everything he’s done – both on and off the ball. He’s worked hard, clearly improved his fitness levels, has stopped hitting Hollywood passes at each opportunity and hasn’t even been booked since early December!
The list could go on, but to use his former shortcomings as a way of justifying why he should not be called up is just pathetic – especially when he has the sort of quality, creativity and cutting edge that our midfield options lack so badly.
There’s no excuse – he’s one of THE best passers of a football in England and to think Southgate may take Jake Livermore (a man who was stealing taxis in Spain not so long ago) because Shelvey ‘can’t be trusted’ is quite frankly embarrassing.
I can’t wait to see Livermore, Henderson and Eric Dier attempt to break down down Panama next month..
Their loss, but god I feel for Jonjo. What a joke.