Newcastle United News: Shelvey dreaming of England spot

9 months ago

In the latest Newcastle United news, Jonjo Shelvey says it “would be my dream” to earn a place in England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Shelvey has been in fantastic form for Newcastle over the past couple of months which has led to calls for Gareth Southgate to take the midfielder to the World Cup.

The 26-year-old’s superb range of passing has been on show for the Magpies throughout the course of the campaign and he ended the season with a man-of-the match display in Sunday’s 3-0 thrashing of Chelsea at St James’ Park.

However, despite impressing on the domestic stage the midfielder has been overlooked for international duties and a spot on the plane to Russia looks unlikely at the moment.

Shelvey’s lack of discipline has often been a cause for concern but, since being sent off for the second time in the 1-0 home loss against Everton on December 13, he has not picked up a single caution.

With Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out of the World Cup and the Three Lions lacking a creative presence in the middle of the park, many are again calling for the Newcastle star to be included in the final 23-man squad.

Shelvey, who is 5/6 with SkyBet to make the cut, admits it would be fantastic to go to the summer showpiece but all he can do right now is wait to see what happens.

“That would be my dream, to get called up and be in that 23 to go to Russia,” he said on Match of the Day. “The more and more people talk about it, the more and more it might happen.

“I’ve ended the season really well and that was the main thing for me personally that I needed to do.”

Southgate will announce his 23-man squad on Wednesday.