Both Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles were unlucky not to be included in the latest England squad for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, but we don’t see either player going to Russia for the World Cup finals this summer.
Of the two we think Jamaal has the better claim to be in the England squad but Gareth Southgate will not pick Shelvey until he has proved he can control himself on the pitch.
It’s not clear he can – although we are hoping with the help of Rafa Benitez and Newcastle – that he will eventually control his demons and become an excellent and consistent player for Newcastle.
Jonjo and Jamaal – celebrating 2-0 Villa win last season
While interviewed today in the Telegraph the Newcastle captain has said what he thought about Jonjo as a player, and it’s a glowing review:
“I train with Jonjo every single day and technically he is so talented,”
“I’m not dissing anyone who is in the England team, they are there for a reason and they are very good players, but Jonjo can quite comfortably compete at that level.”
“Technically he’s right up there with the best Premier League midfielders.”
“England have got hard-working midfielders, disciplined midfielders, but Jonjo offers something a little bit different.”
“He definitely does for us. He’s one of our best players.”
Now you didn’t expect the captain to say anything different did you?
We expect both Shelvey and Jamaal to start the match on Saturday against Huddersfield Town at home and if we can win that game, celebrations will be in order.
Newcastle will be that much closer to safety in the Premier League – our sole goal this season.
Howay The Lads!!
Fans seem confident we can win – but it’s going to be a difficult game.