Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey missed out on a place in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup, and fuming fans have taken to Twitter to react to the high-profile snub.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate named his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Shelvey a notable absence in midfield despite his brilliant form for the Magpies in the final weeks of the season.
The 26-year-old was not even named as one of Southgate’s five players on stand by, with West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore among that list instead.
The surprise call-ups for the squad were Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been a revelation for the Reds this season, and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, who was left out by Southgate last time round.
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck was another surprise inclusion, although England’s lack of quality strikers would have forced Southgate’s hand there.
Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles was another unlucky star to miss out after an exemplary season, joining teammate Shelvey in being snubbed by the Three Lions.
Fans have now taken to Twitter to react to Shelvey’s omission, with many of the Toon Army absolutely fuming at the decision.
Nothing but Newcastle have rounded up some of the best tweets:
— Toon Army News (@ToonArmyNews_) May 16, 2018
— NUFC Archive (@NUFC_Archive) May 16, 2018
Absolute travesty that Shelvey isn’t involved in the England squad. No creativity in midfield and the same underperforming, outof form players selected. Suggestions of discipline issues nonsense. Can only blame Southgate when knocked out early Ain’t nobody… #nufc #EnglandSquad pic.twitter.com/tUDvFRQ0A5
— Greg Espie (@EspieGreg) May 16, 2018
— Grant (@Grant_Richy) May 16, 2018
Absolute joke @Lascelles16 and Shelvey missed out on the #EnglandSquad Southgate picking players on club and name rather than form. Both had excellent seasons and Shelvey’s run-in was easily worthy…if discipline is the issue he didn’t get a single booking in 2018 #england #nufc
— Matt – Capital FM (@i__am__matt) May 16, 2018
Shelvey and lascelles didn’t even make the England squad. Everything which is wrong with English football these days. #nufc
— AP (@amannufc) May 16, 2018
— Jonny Parker (@JonnyParker7) May 16, 2018
— Lee Frazier (@fleenufc06) May 16, 2018
Feel sorry for Shelvey. Especially seeing a couple of names in that squad & our lack of quality in Cm.
— David Boucher (@DavidBoucher5) May 16, 2018
— Bains (@nufcmains) May 16, 2018
— Stephen Read (@ste_read) May 16, 2018