It doesn’t look like Jonjo Shelvey will make the England squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
But if England manager Gareth Southgate only looked at his form he should get into the squad.
It will be interesting to find out who the central midfielders will be for Russia and we’d be surprised if Sothgate picks Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire – but we suspect he may.
Jonjo Shelvey – in action against Chelsea on Sunday
Shelvey is making all the right noises and is still hopeful he can squeeze into the squad.
This is what Shelvey told BBC Sport:
“It’d be my dream to get called up into that 23 to go to Russia, I’d love it,”
“I get people coming up to me in the street and saying: ‘Have you heard anything? Have you heard anything?’ And, no, I haven’t.”
“The only thing I can keep doing is keep progressing and keep playing the way I’m playing.”
“The more people talk about it, the more it might happen.”
“But it might not happen. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve ended the season really well, and that was the main thing that for me personally I needed to do.”
“From Christmas onwards, I’ve been really, really good. I’ve been putting in consistent performances but, as you say, it’s what will be, will be.”
“But, if it doesn’t happen, then I’ll go away, get refreshed and get ready for next season.”
“But if it does then I’d literally love it.”
Shelvey has had his best season ever at Newcastle and if he can keep control of himself on the pitch he can get even better next season under the continued excellent coaching of Rafa Benitez.