In the latest Newcastle United news, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is hoping he can continue his recent form for the club as he tries to work his way into the England squad.
The former Liverpool midfielder endured a poor start to the season after he grabbed the headlines for the wrong reasons when he was sent off in the first game of the season for a foul against Spurs’ Dele Alli.
Shelvey has made 24 appearances for the Magpies this season and he scored his first goal of the campaign during the win over Leicester last week.
After picking up his fifth career red card, Shelvey’s World Cup plans looked doomed but he is now being mentioned as a possible inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Shelvey hopes that an eye-catching performance against Arsenal on Sunday will help his cause and he admits he is dreaming of playing in Russia.
Newcastle are 9/4 with Betfair to win at St James’ Park and they will be trying to capitalise on Arsenal’s busy schedule.
“I’d love to go to the World Cup. It’d be such an amazing achievement and every kid’s dream is to go to the World Cup and play for your country,” he told Sky Sports.
“But there’s only so much I can do in terms of on the pitch and off it to get into that squad, and then it’s down to the manager to select you.
“You can say anything about disciplinary issues but I had two red cards this season, the first one [a stamp on Dele Alli] was very stupid and I feel like I’ve learned from it, but the second one I had to make the foul to stop the geezer from going through and scoring.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a discipline thing, I think it’s from the past and obviously that’s the reputation I’ve got, but I think I’ve done a lot to iron that out.
“You want to go to the World Cup, to keep playing football. I booked my holidays probably 3-4 months ago when I was miles away from a call-up, but I’d lose all that money just to get a chance to go.”