By Russell Edge

Former Newcastle United and Tottenham star Chris Waddle has said that the Magpies’ Jonjo Shelvey is one of the best passers of the ball he has seen.

The central midfielder has endured a difficult start on his return to the Premier League, having seen himself sent off on the opening day for a stamp on Tottenham’s Dele Alli.

He was subsequently suspended for three matches, and found it difficult to break back into the starting XI thanks to the performances of Isaac Hayden and Mikel Merino.

However boss Rafael Benitez reintroduced him to the first team line up for the club’s clash against Liverpool, and repaid his manager’s faith with an immediate impact.

It was the 25-year-old’s pass which dissected the Reds’ back line for Joselu’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw, and Waddle was full of praise for the midfielder’s passing range, questioning why he had not been included in the recent England squad.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage of the England match against Slovenia, the former winger said: “Jonjo Shelvey is the best I’ve seen at passing the ball at distance.

“People knock me down when I say it.

“He won’t get in the (England) squad for reasons we don’t know.”

Shelvey already has six England caps to his name having made his debut back in 2012, with his last appearance coming as a substitute against France in 2015.

This season has seen the midfielder make just four appearances, two of which coming in the starting XI, as he looks to prove his worth in the Premier League.

In other Newcastle United news, Football Insider has named the Magpies’ best three players of the season.

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