Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara believes Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey is the future of England’s midfield, as reported by the South Wales Evening Post.
The 23-year-old impressed in the Three Lions’ recent victories over San Marino and Switzerland, three years after he made his last appearance for the national team.
But Kamara believes he’s now seen enough of Shelvey at international level to convince him he should be a regular fixture in the England set up for years to come.
Kamara said: “Wayne Rooney may have taken the plaudits for breaking the 50-goal barrier but for me the one thing to take out of England’s two qualifiers last week is that Jonjo Shelvey is the future in the middle of the park.
“We adopted a system of 4-3-3, with loads and loads of pace about it, and having a player in there that can really pick a pass like Shelvey worked an absolute treat, he just made everything tick.
“I think Roy simply has to persevere with him in that playmaker role. Every time he got the ball against the Swiss he was closed down, but that’s not necessarily a problem.
“In situations like that, Roy will be thinking that if Jonjo can take opposition players away from his team-mates, it opens up space for everyone else.”
Shelvey has earned rave reviews from pundits and fans alike since leaving Liverpool for Swansea in 2010.
The midfielder, who began his career at Charlton Athletic, has since made 67 Premier League appearances for the Swans, scoring nine goals.
The London-born star is now back at the Liberty Stadium following international duty and is preparing for the Swans’ trip to newly promoted Watford on Saturday.