Alan Shearer reacts to Jonjo Shelvey's omission from the England squad

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Gareth Southgate was never going to please every England fan with his 23-man squad for the World Cup.

While there weren’t too many surprises, the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill and Fabian Delph probably didn’t expect to answer their phone to the Three Lions manager come Wednesday afternoon.

While those three are in dreamland, it was heartbreak for others.

Adam Lallana could only make the reserve list, while there was no room for fairly experienced duo Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere.

In truth, Hart and Wilshere haven’t had the greatest seasons for West Ham and Arsenal respectively and can’t really have too many complaints.

But one man that has had a very good individual campaign but wasn’t named in the squad - or even in the reserves - is Jonjo Shelvey.

The Newcastle midfielder has impressed for Rafa Benitez’s side this season and there have been plenty of calls for his inclusion in recent weeks.


One of the loudest voices backing Shelvey has been Newcastle legend Alan Shearer.

He’s been seen on Match of the Day every week singing the praises of the 26-year-old.

And now he’s reacted to Shelvey’s snub.

“If it was me picking the squad, I perhaps would have had Shelvey, just to add something a little different,” Shearer said on BBC 5 live.

“He would bring a calmness on the ball. He would be someone whose first though would be a forward pass. But I think it’s pretty much as expected.”

To be fair, Shearer has a point. 

Shelvey has that ability to play quality balls in behind the opposition - something that the likes of Vardy and Rashford would relish.

And there is a feeling that the midfield Southgate has selected lacks any sort of creativity.

However, reports this week revealed the reason Southgate wasn’t considering Shelvey for the World Cup.

The Mirror claimed that “Shelvey is likely to miss out on a World Cup call because of fears over discipline and temperament.”

The last thing England need is a player getting sent off in a crucial match at a major tournament…

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