Chris Waddle unhappy that Roy Hodgson is disregarding Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey


Chris Waddle believes Jonjo Shelvey should be in the England squad.

Former Newcastle ace Chris Waddle has told BBC Sport that he feels Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey should be in Roy Hodgson's England squad.

The Three Lions had an eventful international break, as they performed a stunning fightback to come from 2-0 down to beat world champions Germany 3-2 in Berlin on Saturday evening.

However, England then came crashing back down to earth on Tuesday night, as they were beaten 2-1 at home by the Netherlands – who haven't even qualified for this summer's European Championships in France.

Manager Roy Hodgson now has a host of players to choose from ahead of the tournament, and it seems difficult for any players to break back into the squad so close to the competition this summer.

However, former England international Chris Waddle has told BBC Sport that Hodgson is overlooking a Newcastle player - Jonjo Shelvey.

The midfielder, who has six caps for England, left Swansea City for Newcastle in January, but wasn't called up for international duty against Germany and the Netherlands, as Hodgson went for Danny Drinkwater in midfield instead.

Waddle however believes that Shelvey's passing ability would be a huge asset to England, but feels the 24-year-old is being disregarded by Three Lions boss Hodgson.

"I'd like to see Jonjo Shelvey in the squad,” said Waddle. “He could play that role very well, getting the ball deep, he really can spray the ball around. He's great at hitting a 40 or 50-yard ball into the path of the strikers.”

“He's been disregarded - he wasn't playing for Swansea so he went to Newcastle, he's playing, he's captain but he's been disregarded," he added.

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