Swansea City: 'I could play for England' says Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey scored six goals in 42 appearances for Swansea City in 2013-14

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey believes he is good enough to play for England if he is called up by manager Roy Hodgson.

Shelvey, 22, has been key to the Swans' impressive start to the season, winning their first three Premier League matches.

He scored as their 100% record ended with a 4-2 loss at Chelsea on Saturday.

"I believe I could play for England, when the time comes and I get picked," said Shelvey.

"It's down to, obviously the manager [Roy Hodgson], to pick me."

England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant Ray Lewington (left) cast their eye over a training session
England manager Roy Hodgson (right) says that every English player is on his radar, no matter which Premier League club they play for

Hodgson admitted the midfielder is in his thoughts, despite not selecting him for September's 1-0 friendly win against Norway and the 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifier victory, away to Switzerland.

The England boss has not visited the Liberty Stadium since he took charge in May, 2012, but was at Stamford Bridge for Swansea's last match in the top flight.

There have also been calls for Shelvey's team mates Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge to also be included in the England squad.

Shelvey says the trio are just focusing on doing well for the Welsh club, who next play at home on Saturday against Southampton, in the Premier League.

"We can only just keep doing what we've got to do," said the former England Under-21 international.

"We don't go out on the pitch and thinking we've got to impress the England manager.

"We just go and try and get three points for the club and I'm sure if we do that and put the performances in then it can only be recognised by the FA."

Shelvey won his one and only cap for England in the 5-0 win against San Marino in October, 2012, while at Liverpool.

He said: "For me growing up from where I'm from to be picked and play for your country, it's just an honour, and to play at Wembley," he said.

"When I made my debut last time against San Marino, I had about 70 of my family there.

"So it's a big thing for me and my family if I play for my country."

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