Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey received mixed feedback following his return to international duty with England against San Marino on Saturday, with the brunt of criticism coming from his own dad.
In quite comical fashion, the 23-year-old’s father, who watched the game in his local social club, criticised the talented midfielder for the accuracy of his long-range passing - according to quotes published by the Mirror.
Shelvey said, “When I spoke to my dad afterwards he was made-up but he criticised my long passing, to be honest."
Despite facing an element of criticism from his own flesh and blood, the 23-year-old did receive conflicting praise from a pundit more accustomed for his post-match analysis.
Indeed, talkSPORT host and former Liverpool man Stan Collymore was quick to praise the youngster’s vision – with his praise extending to comparisons with ex-England captain Steven Gerrard.
Writing in his column for the Mirror, he said the following:
“Shelvey showed what a good passer of the ball he is, even on a dismal pitch.”
“He was always looking to clip a ball over the top or slip one through and showed again that he can be Steven Gerrard-esque on the passing front.”
Obviously there is some confusion surrounding the quality of his display, but luckily the statistics go along way to settling the debate. In actual fact, it turns out he actually did pretty well – despite the condition of the pitch.
Throughout the Three Lions’ 6-0 victory, Shelvey completed 86.2% of his 109 total attempted passes, while proving accurate from 16 of his 24 attempted long-balls - four times as many as his closest competitor, Ross Barkley (6).