Jonjo Shelvey hasn’t really nailed the ability to avoid the limelight and he’s got everything talking again with his latest quotes, although probably not for the right reasons.
The former Liverpool man was an influential figure in Newcastle United’s promotion last season but was involved in some unsavoury scenes during the campaign, notably being banned for five games after racially abusing Wolves’ Romain Saiss.
Shelvey still pleads his innocence in that case and believes the incident may have affected his chances of playing for England again, as he stats a ‘fickle’ modern era means image often trumps ability- though he claims the Three Lions are ‘crying out’ for a midfielder like him.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Shelvey said:
‘If you look at the competition, we’re crying out for a central midfielder for our country, in my opinion. But it’s just a matter of saying the right things in the press and things like that, that’s what it goes on these days. It’s so fickle, if you like.’
Jonjo Shelvey says England are ‘crying out’ for him in midfield… ?
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‘I’m not going to sit around and cry about things. It’s gutting when you don’t get picked (for England) or nasty things are said about you, but that’s life – it’s about how you deal with it.’
Shelvey currently has six England caps to his name and faces a monumental task if he’s to force his way back into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup next summer, as the Three Lions have incredible depth in central midfield.
You can’t knock Shelvey for his confidence but saying the nation are ‘crying out’ for a midfielder like him is quite a stretch from the truth. If England really did need a player like Jonjo Shelvey in their midfield, then that says a lot about the Three Lions’ struggles.
We’ve already reached the stage where England’s women’s team is arguably better than the mens and it seems that divide is only going to stretch further.