Swansea’s Shelvey targeting England call

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey believes he is good enough to play for England and has called for Roy Hodgson to give him an opportunity, BBC Sport has reported.

Hodgson has played in all four of the Swans’ Premier League games so far this season, helping the Welsh side win three out of three before a defeat to league leaders Chelsea. Hodgson has suggested Shelvey is a player on his radar but the manager has been criticised for not visiting the Liberty Stadium as England manager.

“I believe I could play for England, when the time comes and I get picked,” Shelvey said. “It’s down to obviously the manager to pick me.”

The likes of Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge have also been touted for international caps due to their performances at club level and Shelvey says he and his teammates will continue plugging away in the hope of catching Hodgson’s eye.

“We can only just keep doing what we’ve got to do,” he continued. “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.”

Routledge and Dyer have missed out on England honours but Shelvey has one cap to his name, making an appearance in a 5-0 win over San Marino in October 2012. Shelvey was at the time a Liverpool player, moving to Swansea in 2013. He made 70 appearances for the Reds, scoring seven goals, and has gone on to feature 47 times for Swansea, with seven goals scored.

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