While the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern fully appreciate their man has his problems, the fact that Jonjo Shelvey has frequently been left out of the England squad has proven rather confusing to them.
Indeed, the Three Lions’ main problem at present appears to be a lack of any real creativity in the middle of the park and, while the Toon star does come with his issues, Shelvey is certainly a midfielder able to make things happen from deep.
Gareth Southgate recently described the former Liverpool youngster as a ‘quarterback’ and suggested that’s not what England need right now, though many of our punters clad in black and white disagree. With the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling able to hit teams on the break, having Shelvey drop back and hit long diagonals really could add another element of danger to England’s attack.
Though some of the defending against Brazil last night was impressive, the Three Lions lacked a cutting edge going forward, leading Newcastle United fans on Twitter to call for Shelvey’s inclusion.
Here’s a closer look at what they were saying.
— Dave Lockey (@boxingviper) November 14, 2017
Jonjo Shelvey should be in that England side ahead of Dier and Livermore it's a disgrace
— Jesse Owen (@owenjesse_) November 14, 2017
England need Shelvey, no players in this side with a killer pass
— Whitelock (@GeorgeWhitelock) November 14, 2017
Just a reminder that Jesse Lingard can get in the @England team but Jonjo Shelvey somehow can’t
— Joe Marshall (@JoelaAmeobi) November 14, 2017
“Seriously though Rafa, how isn’t Shelvey in this England team?” https://t.co/IvG7nEdzdK
— Lee Watson (@j127430) November 15, 2017
Though he hates Spurs with a passion, as a football fan, I appreciate Wilshire (too an extent lol England Specs On). But he has got to be playing for his club, before we talk about an England place. Its a slap in the face for the likes of Shelvey & others.
— Marlon The Writer (@Brother_Marlon) November 15, 2017
Surely Englands last few performances against showed England's need for a quarterback player like Shelvey? Especially against that type of opposition. #England
— Dan Moses (@Dan_J_M) November 15, 2017
Didn’t watch the game but one of the best match reports I’ve ever read. Also – with all England’s creative flaws, why no Jonjo Shelvey still?! https://t.co/Lk6mQzYi4Q
— James Shaw (@BigShaw1) November 15, 2017