Gary Gardner reacts on Twitter to Shelvey's performance, Dean Ashton compares him to Gerrard

Jonjo Shelvey

The Aston Villa midfielder was impressed by the Swansea City man, while comparisons were made with the Liverpool legend...

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner was impressed by Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey as England beat San Marino 6-0 on Saturday evening.

Indeed, Shelvey delivered a calm and composed performance within the Three Lions' midfield, even if he remained relatively untested against the European minnows.

And Aston Villa man Gardner summed the 23-year-old's performance up with a short but full-of-praise tweet.

The Aston Villa faithful may hope Gardner can emulate Shelvey's progression, with the Villans midfielder the same age as the Swansea man.

Meanwhile, former Premier League forward and current pundit Dean Ashton compared Shelvey, formerly of Liverpool, to Reds legend Steven Gerrard.

Shelvey and Gerrard shared a pitch together many times and there were big hopes at Liverpool that the 23-year-old could go on to develop into a Gerrardesque player.

Now that both have left Anfield, though, some are still making the comparison.

Without Jack Wilshere (absent through injury) the Swansea midfielder may well have a strong chance of continuing within this England team. There is still some way to go before Shelvey can be compared to Liverpool legend Gerrard in terms of overall ability, of course, but he is certainly impressing so far this season.

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