Date: 18th April 2018 at 3:00pm
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After Jonjo Shelvey’s excellent displays in recent months, the calls have become louder for Gareth Southgate to include him in the England squad for the World Cup.

On Twitter, a fan posted a comparison of our no.8’s stats compared to other English midfielders who play in a similar role:

The reaction from Magpies supporters was pretty unanimous in backing Jonjo to make the plane to Russia:

Verdict:

Shelvey undoubtedly has the best passing range of any of the players Southgate would likely pick to start in central midfield. Questions have always remained about the midfielder’s discipline on the big stage though.

Certainly, the player looks to be a lot more mature under the guidance of Rafa, and if you just look at the stats alone, it’s hard to argue against naming him in the final 23 for the summer tournament.

It’s still a way away before the final squad is decided though so we’ll just have to wait and see whether the 26-year-old makes it.

 

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