It’s a World Cup year, and perhaps the very best part of that is speculating which unexpected faces will find themselves handed a boarding pass for England’s flight to South America.
The Three Lions have upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany to help themselves sort out their team, games they are 9/10 and 17/10 to win respectively.
One man who wont be involved is Jonjo Shelvey, but fans of the follically-challenged firebrand should not despair, as there is every chance he could yet find himself slapping on the factor 60 in Rio De Janeiro next summer.
In England’s current squad, Steven Gerrard (2.5) is the only central midfielder to average more key passes per game than Shelvey (1.3) in the league this season.
Despite finishing top of their qualification group England looked as blunt as a fencer’s foil throughout the process, only stretching their attacking wings when confronted by the befuddled part-timers of San Marino and Moldova.
Embedded in Swansea’s pass-happy midfield, Shelvey has created more chances than almost any of Roy Hodgson’s current picks for the centre of the park.
Shelvey is experienced at both club level and with England Under-21s, having played over 100 first team games.
Outward appearance notwithstanding, the Swansea star is a mere 21-years-old, and yet he has racked up a playing CV chock-full of senior experience.
Shelvey has ventured into Europe with both Liverpool and Swansea, and made 13 appearances for the England Under-21s, demonstrating that not every youngster finds it hard to gain first-team action.
Hodgson is a big fan of the midfielder, having given him his first chance in the Premier League at Liverpool.
England’s head honcho has expressed his admiration for his former charge, granting Shelvey his first cap in the 5-0 win over San Marino.
Hodgson also spoke in glowing terms about the midfielder’s move to Swansea over the summer, a strong indication that first-team football might push the young buck into his plans.