It was widely expected Shelvey would be given the nod for England’s most recent bout of friendlies given his good form and as many as five midfielders withdrawing from the Three Lions squad through injury, however he was again overlooked by Southgate.
With Jake Livermore, Jack Cork and Lewis Cook – the latter two who were new call-ups to the England set up – instead being named, Southgate has revealed he is searching for a ‘different type of player’ to the Magpies midfielder.
“I think Jonjo’s a different type of player,” Southgate said of Shelvey’s omission.
“He plays deeper, he players almost in the quarter-back position for his club. We were needing something a little bit different for these games.”