At his press conference today there’s a bit of good news that both Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie are in the squad for tomorrow afternoon’s home game against Arsenal.
And Rafa has been talking about the skills of Shelvey and the Newcastle manager thinks he should be in the England team.
It could be that if Jonjo keeps behaving himself on the field, which he’s been doing this year, he could get back into the England setup – his skill is there for all to see.
Jonjo Shelvey – back in the squad for tomorrow’s game
This is some of what Rafa has said about Shelvey and Ritchie during his press conference this afternoon:
“Shelvey and Ritchie are training.”
“There are no big issues – everyone was training.” “Both Ritchie and Shelvey are in the squad.”
“We have to decide now who can play.”
“I don’t see too many players like him (Shelvey) in the team. Can he play for England? Yes, that’s it.”
“Gareth Southgate is the England manager and I am the Newcastle manager.”
“Should he be in the squad? Yes.”
We expect Javier Manquillo to also be fit and Isaac Hayden is also available after serving his three-match ban for being sent off at Cardiff City.
Having Jonjo and Matt back from injury is excellent news for Newcastle.