Jonjo Shelvey believes he can build upon his encouraging start to life at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers and earn a place in the England set up, according to the
Shelvey has benefited from Rodgers’ faith in youth by making several impressive appearances for Liverpool so far this season, both as a starter and from the bench and continued his rich vein of form by scoring for the England Under-21 side in their win over Azerbaijan on Thursday. Shelvey, who moved to Liverpool from Charlton in 2010, made 16 appearances for the club last season after a productive loan spell at Blackpool that brought him six goals from only 10 appearances, and appears to be loving life under Rodgers. “I’ve had a good summer and the new manager at Liverpool has shown that he is going to give young players a lot of opportunities,” Shelvey said. “It’s going to benefit me, Kells (Martin Kelly), Raheem (Sterling) and Hendo (Jordan Henderson). The past year has been very good but it is not something you can rest on.
“I was watching the Euros during the summer and it just makes you want to get to that level. It was great that Hendo and Kells travelled with the team and were part of that. It’s not every day you see your mates for England. But you need to push yourself and I want to get to that level.”
Shelvey, who had been targeted by Scotland manager Craig Levein due to his Scottish grandfather, pointed to the example set by club-mate Steven Gerrard as his inspiration to seek international honours for England. “Stevie is a great role model. He’s been doing it for club and country for years. The way he plays is fantastic and to have him as my captain is immense. He leads by example.”
Shelvey has featured six times already this season at Anfield with Lucas Leiva set to be kept out of action due to injury, could well have more opportunities to impress in the coming weeks.
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