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Jonjo Shelvey could bring World
Jonjo Shelvey began the season
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by blowing a fuse but could yet end it by switching on the lights for England in Russia this summer. When Newcastle’s playmaker stepped directly into Andre Marriner’s line of vision and trod on Dele Alli’s ankle as Newcastle lost 2-0 at home against Tottenham last August, the referee had no hesitation in reaching for the red card.
At that highly self-destructive moment it was almost impossible to see Shelvey as the solution to Gareth Southgate’s creative problems. Moreover, for quite a while afterwards, it seemed that even Rafael Benítez regarded his most gifted midfielder as untrustworthy.
Fast forward eight months and Newcastle’s manager happily details not only precisely why Shelvey should join Alli and company on England’s flight to St Petersburg but emphasises the case for Southgate building a World Cup campaign around him.
England’s manager, after weeks of discreetly letting it be known that those raking, eye-of-the-needle, 50- and 60-yard, defender-destabilising passes did not compensate for a potentially suspect temperament, appears to be
Southgate knows Shelvey spots openings where other players see only blind alleys and possesses the happy knack of unlocking the sort of packed defences his side are likely to encounter at the World Cup.
In a world of beige central midfielders specialising in neat, short, tidy sideways manoeuvres, his ability to really hurt opponents provides a welcome splash of shocking pink.
Accordingly Southgate is giving serious consideration to including him in his 23-man squad to be named next month. Given that the 26-year-old won the last of six caps in November 2015 and England’s party is set to be
announced before the June friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica, his inclusion would represent a dramatic late change of heart.
Benítez also has, albeit almost imperceptibly, shifted his stance on Shelvey in the wake of the former Charlton, Liverpool and Swansea midfielder experiencing an apparent epiphany following that red card against Tottenham.
Admittedly a player who has benefited immeasurably from a decision to hire a personal psychologist, was sent off during a home defeat by Everton in December for a second bookable offence but he has collected only four yellow cards all season and none in the past 12 games. “Teams try and provoke me into reacting but I just block it out now,” says Shelvey. “My mindset’s changed.”
Although it took time to regain Benítez’s trust and he spent the autumn struggling to oust Mikel Merino from playmaking duties on
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Tyneside, he has started virtually every game since the new year, his partnership with Mo Diamé playing an integral role in Newcastle’s collection of 22 points from a possible 36.
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