Newcastle United midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey, might have already got some caps for England but the delay of Euro 2020 might give him hope of adding to his haul.
The former Swansea City man has recently signed a new deal with Newcastle. It is a just reward, too, for some fine performances for the Magpies in the last 18 months.
Shelvey has displayed the sort of form that convinced Liverpool to sign him as a teenager back in 2010. Five Premier League goals this season represents his best haul yet in the Premier League.
Furthermore, he’s proved to be a crucial midfield player for Steve Bruce.
And this form has led to fellow Newcastle United player, Danny Rose, heaping praise on Shelvey. Rose told the Chronicle that he believed Shelvey to be ‘absolutely brilliant’ as he spoke highly about the midfielder’s passing ability.
So, after garnering praise from his teammates and with England now not due to play the Euros until 2021, could Jonjo Shelvey really make a late claim for a place in the squad?
Midfield options are not exactly amazing
In years gone by, England have been blessed with a plethora of central midfield players. The likes of Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, all top-level players in the world-class bracket.
However, with only the likes of Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice performing regularly to a high standard in a deep midfield role, Shelvey might well look to seize his chance.
Having another season to impress could help Shelvey. Gareth Southgate will be looking for people to make his selection process a tricky one. If Shelvey can continue the form he’s shown for Newcastle of late, there’s no reason he can’t be knocking on Southgate’s door.
Like so many players, Shelvey will be looking at Euro 2020 cancellation with a glint in his eye.
Another year of performances like this season and the England coaching staff simply won’t be able to ignore the Newcastle star.