Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey believes he can be the man to fill the gap in the England squad left by former Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard hung up his international boots after the 0-0 draw against Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup. The LA Galaxy man pulled the curtain down on a glittering England career, which saw him win 114 caps.
In contrast, Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has earned just the one cap. His only ever England appearance came in a World Cup qualifying game against Saturday’s opponents San Marino in 2012.
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However, despite only featuring once for his country, Shelvey believes he can be the man to fill the void left by Gerrard’s international retirement. Speaking ahead of this Saturday’s clash, the 23-year-old said;
“My game is based on passing. When Stevie Gerrard left, it left a big gap with the range of passing in England’s midfield. “There are some great players, Michael Carrick’s passing is superb. He’s always looking to pass the ball forward and I do that as well. I always try to pass it forward – and I feel England need that.”
Shelvey has always had the ability, although his temperament has certainly been questioned at times during his career. Nonetheless, the Swans ace has matured over the years and he will be eager to take his international chance if selected on Saturday.