Jonjo Shelvey is being ‘considered’ for a shock recall to the England squad for this summer’s World Cup.
Shelvey has six England caps after making his Three Lions debut in 2012, with his most recent appearance coming in 2015.
But the 26-year-old’s form for Newcastle has put him in contention for Gareth Southgate’s tournament squad – expected to be named in early June – according to The Times.
Shelvey has become ‘a serious contender’ for Russia as ‘concerns’ have emerged over players who Southgate previously had pencilled in for a midfield spot.
There are ‘serious reservations’ about whether Jack Wilshere will be able to meet the physical requirements of a major tournament, while similar fitness worries surround Adam Lallana.
Harry Winks ‘has also drifted from the picture’ after a lack of opportunities at Tottenham, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has only just returned from injury.
On the other hand, Shelvey has been ‘superb’ for Newcastle, with his ‘vision and passing’ particularly impressive.
Southgate craves ‘greater craft and subtlety’ in his midfield, with neither Jordan Henderson nor Eric Dier ‘renowned’ for their ‘passing ability’.