By George Brooks
England manager Gareth Southgate has explained his decision to leave Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey out of his squad for the current international break.
The 25-year-old was left out of the squad for the friendly matches against Germany and Brazil at Wembley.
“I think Jonjo’s a different type of player,” said Southgate, as quoted by The Shields Gazette.
“He players deeper, plays almost in the quarter-back position for his club.
“We were needing something a little bit different for these games.”
Shelvey has played six times for his country and is keen to force his way back into the international fold.
He has not played for England since joining Newcastle on a five-year-deal from Premier League rivals Swansea in January 2016.
Shelvey was not named in Southgate’s original 25-man squad for the Wembley double header.
Midfielders Harry Winks, Fabien Delph and Jordan Henderson all withdrew from the squad through injury, but Shelvey was once again overlooked.
England boss Southgate added Burnley’s Jack Cork and West Brom’s Jake Livermore to the squad instead.
Shelvey was a key part of the Newcastle side that won promotion to the Premier League last season.
The midfielders has also been a standout performer for Rafa Benitez’s side this term, making eight Premier League appearances.
With a long season ahead, Shelvey still has plenty of opportunities to impress the England boss, starting with the Premier League trip to Manchester United on November 18.
In other Newcastle news, Benitez has heaped praise on this injured star.