When the England squad was officially announced, Gareth Southgate must have known he wouldn’t be able to please everyone, however, there were a couple of shock names that got everyone talking – and one omission that had people fuming.
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey missed out, and while his attitude was something many people pointed to as a concern, he’s played well for Newcastle in the last six months and kept his head down without many behavioural issues or problems.
Which is why most people were annoyed the player would be missing out, along with Jack Wilshere, given the two are creative players and often give something in the middle of the park and the final third other players do not.
Given Fabian Delph and Ashley Young were in the squad with Jake Livermore and Lewis Cook on standby for the midfield – and Shelvey was once again missing off that list, people were even more irate and it became one of the biggest talking points on social media after the list was released.
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Says a lot about Southgate’s belief in his own man management that he has excluded Shelvey, who has been absolutely superb for months now.
He’s petrified of his reputation and unlike Rafa, who has completely turned the player around, he is too cautious.
— Evin (@EvG_Football) May 16, 2018
LEWIS COOK AND JAKE LIVERMORE ON STANDBY AHEAD OF JONJO SHELVEY. LEWIS COOK AND JAKE. LIVERMORE. pic.twitter.com/AqB9RkHvIi
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 16, 2018
Southgate is a shambles.
— – 🇺🇦 (@AnfieldRd96) May 16, 2018
Four ex sunland players will be going to the world cup. Mags fuming about shelvey. Would have taken Lascelles. Weird day
— Mez🎗 (@JackMurray22_) May 16, 2018
I can’t believe delph has been picked ahead of shelvey
— michael (@mickandt) May 16, 2018
I like the England squad. I can see why he hasn’t picked Shelvey even if I disagree.
However Cahill and Maguire ahead of Lascelles is….just wrong.
For United, both of them with a full pre-season under the world’s best manager will benefit us next season.
— Alex Hurst (@tfalex1892) May 16, 2018
Competitive minutes played during the 17/18 season.
Jake Livermore: 2794
Jack Wilshere: 2658
Jesse Lingard: 2579
Lewis Cook: 2464
Jonjo Shelvey: 2428
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 1875
Adam Lallana: 396
You cannot use “fitness issues” as a reason to snub Jack.
— James (@jacn__) May 16, 2018
How Southgate has not picked Shelvey is bewildering
— Phil (@GoonerReverend) May 16, 2018
“If Jonjo Shelvey gets his head down and plays six months of good football, he’s exactly what England need”
Shelvey plays six months of good football.
“Can’t take him, too risky”#EnglandSquad
— Greg Harrison (@Greg7Harrison) May 16, 2018
To not take Shelvey is very disappointing. Another England squad playing it safe, Southgate will be out the door by July. #NUFC
— Wor Flags (@worflags) May 16, 2018
Justice for Shelvey! pic.twitter.com/CKzmLqslev
— Marshall (@Marshall89HD) May 16, 2018
Absolutely embarrassing how Shelvey and Wilshere aren’t in the England squad. It’s a joke. No creativity in there at all really
— Danny (@OBN_Slayster) May 16, 2018