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Jonjo Shelvey proves England credentials by overshadowing poor Ross Barkley

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Jonjo Shelvey proves England credentials by overshadowing poor Ross Barkley

Newcastle United fans feel their midfield maestro should be on his way to the World Cup this summer.

Jonjo Shelvey has often been the talk of Newcastle United this season.

The talented midfielder has had a brilliant campaign which has perhaps not always been recognised by his peers.

However, fans at St James’ Park are in absolutely no doubt regarding just how good he is.

The midfielder has been heralded by the Newcastle faithful throughout the season and for many, it will be a travesty if he does not go to the World Cup this summer.

Perhaps his excellent standard of play was never clearer on display when compared to the performance of another mercurially talented young England star on the opposing team today.

The player in question was Ross Barkley.

The Chelsea man looked a shadow of his best self in a drab performance against Newcastle on the final day of the Premier League season.

(Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Instead, it was Shelvey who looked the more accomplished midfielder. He ran the show for Newcastle throughout proceedings as they put Chelsea to the sword in a 3-0 triumph. It capped off a brilliant campaign for the Magpies, who finished 10th after being tipped for relegation by many at the start of the season.

Shelvey has been pivotal to that success and watching him run the show whilst Barkley, a £15 million January signing for Chelsea, toiled really hammered home his excellence.

But it still looks unlikely that Shelvey will head to the World Cup with England this summer. As good as he has been, question marks always seem to overshadow the midfield maestro and for Gareth Southgate to take him to Russia would represent a massive turnaround from the England boss.

But if Shelvey continues to perform in this manner next season than it will become impossible to ignore him for much longer. If Barkley was worth £15 million in January, and much more than that a year ago, then who knows how much someone would pay to take Shelvey away from Newcastle.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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