Garry Monk: Jonjo Shelvey paves way for more England call-ups

Jonjo Shelvey in action for Swansea City against Everton
Jonjo Shelvey made his league debut when he was 16-years-old for Charlton Athletic

Swansea City manager Garry Monk hopes more of his players will receive call-ups to the England squad.

Roy Hodgson has included midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

There had been calls for fellow Swansea players Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer to feature.

"Now that Jonjo's been included and involved, hopefully it will clear the way for a few more," said Monk.

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Shelvey call 'excellent for Swansea'

Shelvey, 22, has not played for England since his debut as a substitute against San Marino in a 5-0 World Cup qualifying win two years ago when he was at Liverpool.

He has been a key figure in the Welsh club's impressive start to the season, starting all six Premier League games and scoring one goal.

The central midfielder was overlooked for England's games against Norway and Switzerland in September, but Hodgson said the ex-Charlton player was in his "thoughts" and believes he could flourish in the current England set-up.

Jonjo Shelvey's international credentials
Shelvey has also represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 levels.Romford-born Shelvey was also eligible to represent Scotland because of a Scottish grandmother and the Republic of Ireland through his grandfather.

Monk said Shelvey's call up was "excellent news" and believes the former Arsenal and West Ham youth player has all the attributes to thrive at international level.

"He's a very good player with the ball," said Monk. "He moves the ball well, offers good angles and movement and can fit into a shape defensively as well.

"I think he's at a very good stage, he's worked very hard up to this point this season so this is a reward for that hard work."

Swansea face Premier League strugglers Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

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