After Jake Livermore started in midfield for England against Scotland on Saturday, Gareth Southgate has suggested defender John Stones could play in that role in the future.
"[Stones] has all the attributes and capabilities to play as a holding midfield player," the England manager was quoted by the BBC.
Yet Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey is surely a better option than either Livermore or Stones in a two-man midfield.
The supremely talented 25-year-old had been a regular squad member while starring for Swansea City, but he fell down the international pecking order as he moved to Newcastle and suffered relegation.
However, Shelvey has improved significantly after a year working with Rafael Benitez, having been one of the standout players in the Championship.
A season in the second tier allowed the deep-lying creator to hone his skills, showing a previously unseen energy in his displays and working on the defensive aspects of his game.
While a call-up as a Championship player was unlikely, Shelvey should quickly prove in the Premier League that he is a superior midfielder to both Livermore and the out-of-position Stones.