When news broke that Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could be in line for an England recall, fans around the country reacted in a variety of ways, both of joy and dread, that the former Liverpool man could be on the plane to Russia.
The Times say that his form, combined with fitness concerns over Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana, have put him in the frame, and England boss Gareth Southgate is set watch as his Magpies team face Everton on Monday.
The 26-year-old has been key to Rafa Benitez’s side this season as they have re-established themselves back in the top flight of English football.
Shelvey has already got six England caps to his name, the most recent coming in November 2015 against France, and he could now earn a return two and a half years later.
His sparkling form has caught the eye as all three goals he has been involved with this season (one goal and two assists) have come in his last four appearances.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news…
Many believed it was about time…
I’m no fan of England so I don’t really give a fuck but Jonjo Shelvey should be going to Russia.
— Liam (@Liam_Reay83) April 15, 2018
Their fitness shouldn’t matter in my eyes. He’s been head and shoulders above both in terms of form all season.
— KieranHarm (@KAH_NUFC) April 18, 2018
No player in the England setup can pass forward, with both feet, like Jonjo Shelvey. His game intelligence and discipline has drastically improved this season and Southgate must consider him for Russia. Some quarterback. #NEWARS
— Will Holderness (@WillHolderness) April 15, 2018
It shouldn’t be a surprise inclusion he’s more than earned it this season. 1 daft red card in the first game but 1 yellow since xmas and he’s been instrumental in Newcastle’s revival. How the likes of Livermore and an unfit Wilshere are ahead of him is mind boggling.
— Nathan Nicholson (@JnathanN) April 18, 2018
Shelvey really looks settled at Newcastle under Rafa. He definitely deserves a chance with England. England don’t really have many midfielders who can ping balls like he can consistently.
— Levi (@TheAlonsoRole) April 15, 2018
Plenty made comparisons to the alternatives, with two in particular coming up a few times…
Shelvey deserves a chance for England .. certainly more than Wilshere does ATM
— AceMcPlayboy (@boxing_addict80) April 15, 2018
Rather Shelvey for the deeper role spreading passes than Wilshere
— j (@False11Firmino) April 17, 2018
Livermore plays for England over Shelvey. That really has to be the most absurd thing in football. #NUFC
— Deepak Venugopalan (@Deepak_Toon) April 15, 2018
If Jonjo Shelvey isn't in the England squad this summer but Jake Livermore is, Gareth Southgate really is absolutely clueless #NEWARS
— Aaron Walker (@Gallagherlad95) April 15, 2018
List of people Shelvey and Lascelles deserve to be on the plane ahead of …
— ???ROBO NUFC ?????? ?? (@RoboNUFC) April 17, 2018
He’s made some eat their words…
Really hope Shelvey knuckles down for the rest of the season with no injuries and gets himself into tbag England squad, don’t wanna say it but he’s proved me wrong?????
— dan (@danielmaddison5) April 15, 2018
Yet not all agreed…
Jonjo Shelvey wouldn’t get a game for Scotland never mind England. The guy is pony! ?
— * (@iamsmythy) April 16, 2018
— Colin Hall??????????? ?? (@Ultra_Fox) April 15, 2018
After three years in the international wilderness, Jonjo Shelvey will need to maintain his current form if he is to enter into the fight to earn himself a ticket on the plane to Russia as a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in World Cup Group G.