‘I could play for England’ – Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey scored six goals in 42 appearances for Swansea City in 2013-14

18 September 2014
Last updated at
07:30

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey believes he is good enough to play for England if he is called up by manager Roy Hodgson.

Shelvey, 22, has been key to the Swans’ impressive start to the season, winning their first three Premier League matches.

He scored as their 100% record ended

with a 4-2 loss at Chelsea on Saturday.

“I believe I could play for England, when the time comes and I get picked,” said Shelvey.

“It’s down to, obviously the manager [Roy Hodgson], to pick me.”

England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant Ray Lewington (left) cast their eye over a training session

England manager Roy Hodgson (right) says that every English player is on his radar, no matter which Premier League club they play for

Hodgson admitted the midfielder is in his thoughts, despite not selecting him for September’s

1-0 friendly win against Norway

and the 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifier victory,

away to Switzerland.

The England boss has not visited the Liberty Stadium since

he took charge in May, 2012,

but was at Stamford Bridge for Swansea’s last match in the top flight.

There have also been calls for Shelvey’s team mates Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge to also be included in the England squad.

Shelvey says the trio are just focusing on doing well for the Welsh club, who next play at home on Saturday against Southampton, in the Premier League.

“We can only just keep doing what we’ve got to do,” said the former England Under-21 international.

“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.”

Shelvey won his one and only cap for England in the 5-0 win against San Marino in October, 2012, while at Liverpool.

He said: “For me growing up from where I’m from to be picked and play for your country, it’s just an honour, and to play at Wembley,” he said.

“When I made my debut last time against San Marino, I had about 70 of my family there.

“So it’s a big thing for me and my family if I play for my country.”

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Swan Dyer flattered by England talk

Nathan Dyer

Nathan Dyer joined Swansea City from Southampton in 2009

11 September 2014
Last updated at
16:37

Swansea winger Nathan Dyer has not spoken to Roy Hodgson but is flattered by calls for him to be in the England team.

Dyer, 26, has been

shortlisted for the Premier League player of the month award

after scoring three goals in Swansea’s 100% start to the campaign.

But Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Jonjo Shelvey were not selected by England boss Hodgson for recent games.

“I’m concentrating on Swansea at the moment,” Dyer said.

“Everyone growing up playing football would love to play for their country and I’m no different.

“There’s not just me – there’s Wayne and Jonjo that qualify and I think Jonjo’s played [for England] before.

“But for me it’s just keep playing club football and keep performing and working hard and whatever happens, happens.

“There’s only so much you can do as a player. I’m just working hard and I’m enjoying my football at the moment.”

Swans manager Garry Monk claimed Hodgson should take a look at Swansea’s English players after the club’s unbeaten start to the season.

Wales left-back Neil Taylor believes his

Swansea team-mates have been overlooked by England

because they are based in south Wales.

Hodgson gave

encouragement to Dyer and his Swansea team-mates

that they remain in contention for a call-up.

“I know the player Nathan Dyer very well, in the wide areas he faces a lot of competition but we know he’s there as well,” Hodgson said.

Dyer’s early season form in which he has scored three league goals has been recognised with a place on the Premier League’s player of the month award shortlist.

He and team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson along with Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas and Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann are in the running for August’s award.

“It’s brilliant. I can’t take away the feeling that gives you,” Dyer said of being nominated.

“But it wasn’t just me doing the work in the games. A lot of players, the likes of Gylfi and Wayne, being playing really well as well.”

Swansea will put their 100% record on the line on Saturday when they face league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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Swans’ Shelvey in England ‘thoughts’

Jonjo Shelvey challenges Javier Hernandez during Swansea's Premier League opening day win at Manchester United

Jonjo Shelvey challenges Javier Hernandez during Swansea’s Premier League opening day win at Manchester United

3 September 2014
Last updated at
07:02

England manager Roy Hodgson has given encouragement to Jonjo Shelvey and his Swansea City team-mates that they remain in contention for a call-up.

Wingers Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge and midfielder Shelvey have been key in Swansea’s unbeaten start to the season.

But they were overlooked by Hodgson as he

picked his squad

for Monday’s friendly against Norway and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland.

“A player like Jonjo is always going to be in our thoughts,” Hodgson said.

“I do know him better than I know the two players I have selected this time.

“I’ve worked with Jonjo Shelvey and know him quite well in fact, I made him captain of the Under-21 team in the one game I had.

“So this was an opportunity for me to get a look at those two players, if I was to select Jonjo I know what he can bring.

England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant Ray Lewington (L) cast their eye over a training session

England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant Ray Lewington (L) cast their eye over a training session

“I know the player Nathan Dyer very well, in the wide areas he faces a lot of competition but we know he’s there as well.”

Hodgson gave the nod to Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph and Newcastle’s Jack Colback – since injured – as he widened his search for midfield talent.

The England boss has not visited the Liberty Stadium since he took charge of the national side and Swansea manager

Garry Monk has suggested 

that Hodgson should cast his eye west of the Severn.

But Hodgson says that every England player is on the management’s radar, no matter what Premier League club they play for.

“Most clubs, hopefully, will have at least one or two English players,” Hodgson added.

“I’ve got respect for all the English players out there and I can assure them all – and their clubs – that there’s never a week goes by that we don’t have a report on them or we’ve seen them ourselves.

“So they aren’t forgotten but whether or not they are selected is another matter, because I can only select 22 or 23 and I might choose to select other people.”

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Lampard retires from England duty








26 August 2014
Last updated at
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Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football.

The midfielder, who

joined Manchester City

in the summer on loan

from New York City,

played his final England game as captain in the 0-0 draw against Costa Rica at the World Cup in June.

The former Chelsea man, 36, was capped 106 times in a career

dating back to October 1999

and

follows Steven Gerrard

into international retirement.

“It has been a very tough decision for me to make,” Lampard said.

“That is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup.

















Frank Lampard career highlights

Born: 20 June, 1978


Clubs: West Ham 1995-2001, Swansea (on loan) 1995-96, Chelsea 2001-2014, New York City 2014-present (currently on loan at Man City)


Appearances: 844 goals: 251


Premier League titles: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10


FA Cup wins: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12


League Cup wins: 2004-05, 2006-07


Champions League win: 2011-12


Europa League win: 2012-13


England caps: 106 goals: 29


“I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt.”

Former captain Gerrard announced his retirement in July.

The new England captain is expected to be announced by Roy Hodgson at an England press conference on Thursday.

Lampard was released by Chelsea at the end of last season.

He says his decision to move to America, and the MLS, is a key factor in his decision to end his international career.












England’s most capped footballers

125: Peter Shilton


107: Ashley Cole


115: David Beckham


106: Bobby Charlton, Frank Lampard


114: Steven Gerrard


105: Billy Wright


108: Bobby Moore



Lampard added: “Due to my club career now going in a different direction, it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first and also to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football.

“It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through, and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, that we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves.”

Lampard played in five major tournaments and scored 29 goals and joins Sir Bobby Charlton as the sixth most-capped player in England history.

The midfielder, who began his career at West Ham, left

Chelsea at the end of last season

after 648 appearances and 211 goals for the Stamford Bridge club.


Frank Lampard England

Lampard wins his 100th cap for England against Ukraine in November 2013


Frank Lampard

England’s Frank Lampard acknowledges the fans in his last game against Costa Rica



 



















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Hull can aid my England hopes – Ince








21 July 2014
Last updated at
21:23













Tom Ince hopes his move to Hull City can boost his England chances.

The 22-year-old winger, who has

arrived on a two-year contract

following the end of his deal at Blackpool, has been capped 14 times at Under-21 level but is yet to receive a senior call-up.

“I’ve taken the long route (to the top flight) but feel I’m back where I belong,” he told BBC Look North.

“This is the next step for me. I have ambitions and dreams to play for my country at the top level.”

Ince, who had been a target for

Inter Milan,

spent the second half of last season playing in the Premier League on loan at

Crystal Palace.

The former Liverpool youth-team player added: “It’s been a whirlwind summer. The last six months have been a bit up and down but I’ve finally found my home.”

Ince’s father Paul was a team-mate of Tigers boss Steve Bruce at Manchester United in the 1990s. The wide player admits Bruce, whose own son Alex is also a Hull player, was a key factor in his decision.

He added: “The key factor was the manager. I have known Steve on a personal level and as a manager. I know what style of football he brings.

“I have good memories of Alex and I playing football in the lounge at Old Trafford. I’m sure it’s surreal for the manager to see me back playing football with his son. There’s that whole family feeling again.”







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Captain Gerrard quits England duty








21 July 2014
Last updated at
15:44













England captain Steven Gerrard has retired from international football after winning 114 caps.

Gerrard, 34, won his first cap in a 2-0 win over Ukraine in 2000 and played for the last time at the 2014 World Cup in a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.

“I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country. It’s a sad day for me,” the Liverpool midfielder said.

Gerrard will now assume a “high profile” ambassadorial role with the Football Association.

The England midfielder scored 21 times and represented his country at six major tournaments.









Chief football writer Phil McNulty analysis

“It is the right decision for England, Liverpool and most importantly for a player who had earned the right to choose his own time of departure. He may not have touched the same heights for country as he did for club, but still made a fine contribution to several eras for England.”


“It was a very difficult decision to make. It’s something I have been contemplating for a long time, not just since the end of the World Cup,” the Liverpool skipper said.

“I’ve had to take an awful lot of advice from people who are close to me – players that I still play with, ex-players who I played with a long time ago, managers who I played for years ago.

“It’s been a really tough decision, certainly one of the toughest since I turned professional at 18.”

Gerrard will continue his club career with Liverpool, with whom he made his debut in 1998 against Blackburn Rovers.

BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty said: “Gerrard said he was ‘broken’ by England’s exit from the World Cup after only two games and he was never going to be involved in Euro 2016.

“He had, by his own standards, a disappointing campaign in Brazil and it was clear that the 34-year-old’s influence at this level was wavering.”







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England ‘should play like Liverpool’








29 May 2014
Last updated at
09:33













Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has urged England boss Roy Hodgson to emulate Liverpool’s attacking style of play at the World Cup in Brazil.

Scholes said Liverpool’s “swagger” this season, in which they fell just short of a first league title since 1990, reminded him of “United at their best”.

“It would be refreshing for England to adopt Liverpool’s attacking mentality,” said Scholes.

“That means four – and possibly five – Liverpool players in the starting XI.”

Liverpool, rejuvenated under manager Brendan Rodgers, scored 101 goals in the league this season as they finished just two points adrift of champions Manchester City.

They topped the table with just three matches to go but faltered to let City claim their second title in three years.

Nevertheless, Liverpool’s performances impressed Scholes.

“The thing I admired most was the swagger of their play and how they terrorised opponents, which reminded me of United at their best,” he wrote in a blog for bookmakers Paddy Power.

At the heart of Liverpool’s rise were captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson, who are all in Hodgson’s 23-man squad.

“I’d definitely start with Gerrard, Sturridge, Henderson and Sterling,” said Scholes. “The question mark is Johnson at right-back.”

The former England midfielder felt former United team-mate Phil Jones was a serious rival to Johnson, but admitted the Liverpool defender was “a touch better going forward”.

Scholes said Hodgson’s decision to exclude Michael Carrick from the squad was an error, though, claiming that the Manchester United player offered the best alternative to Gerrard in a deep-lying midfield position.

“If there’s an injury to Gerrard, nobody jumps out to replace him,” said Scholes, who made 66 appearances for England.

“I don’t see Henderson, Frank Lampard or Jack Wilshire playing Gerrard’s role. England’s success in the group stages hinge on Gerrard staying fit.”

Scholes also voiced his opinion on Yaya Toure’s

recent complaints about a perceived lack of respect

shown him by the club’s owners on the day of his 31st birthday.

“It was comical,” said the 39-year-old, “It’s quite embarrassing, really. I can’t remember Man United players acting like this.”







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Wenger ‘put England ahead of Arsenal’








28 May 2014
Last updated at
23:00













Arsene Wenger refused to rush Jack Wilshere back from injury because he wanted to ensure the midfielder was fit for England’s World Cup campaign.

Wilshere says Wenger, who has been critical of aspects of international football in the past, was prepared to sacrifice short-term impact at Arsenal to boost the national team.

“I thought I was ready,” said Wilshere, who

suffered a foot injury in England’s win over Denmark in March..

“He said ‘no’. For a good World Cup I had to train and have a good fitness base.”

That injury was the latest in a series of setbacks for Wilshere, so the 22-year-old was happy to take the advice from his experienced manager.


“The team were doing well at that time so I didn’t say ‘look, I want to be in the team, I want to play tomorrow’,” added Wilshere.

“I spoke to him because I came back training and I was panicking a bit about the squad.

“He wanted me to get a week or two of training under my belt because even though I had been with the fitness coach, I didn’t have that contact.”

As well as injury difficulties, Wilshere had to contend with

criticism from Paul Scholes this season, 

with the former Manchester United player claiming that the Arsenal midfielder had not developed significantly since his debut in 2008.


Wilshere spoke to Scholes about the pointed criticisms

to ask for advice and received an open invitation to ring for further advice whenever the need arises.

Wilshere accepts his injuries, dating back to an ankle problem suffered in the pre-season of 2011, have been a concern, although he is not sure what he could have done about them.

“I wouldn’t say I get depressed but the more it happens you get more depressed,” he said. “You have to take positives. We are away quite a lot in this job and it is nice to be at home with your kids sometimes.

“But my problems have never been muscle injuries or from playing. It has always been an impact injury.

“In that respect anything can happen. But I am fully fit, my muscles are good and hopefully it will be alright.”







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Drop may hurt England hopes – Caulker








10 May 2014
Last updated at
11:57













Cardiff City captain Steven Caulker has admitted playing in the Championship next season could hinder his England ambitions.

The 22-year-old is believed to have a release clause in his contract triggered by the club’s relegation.

Caulker, who has one England cap, says playing outside the top-flight could restrict further appearances.

“To be playing for England you more than likely have to be playing in the Premier League,” he said.

“I’ve signed a four year deal with Cardiff and as it stands I’m a Cardiff City player and I’ll be trying to get them promoted next season.”

Caulker cost Cardiff City more than

£8m from Tottenham in July 2013.

BBC Wales understands

Caulker and team-mate Gary Medel

have release clauses in their contracts which could be triggered by the club’s relegation to the Championship, but potential buyers would have to meet the Bluebirds’ valuation.


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It’s always nice to hear good things and to hear that big clubs are sniffing around. That’s all positive



Steven Caulker
Cardiff City defender


Speaking after Saturday’s

3-0 loss to Newcastle,

Caulker said: “I signed a four-year deal here so I’ll be looking to get us back promoted next season.”

The former Tottenham and Swansea City defender scored on his one and only England appearance to date, a

4-2 defeat against Sweden in November 2012.

Although he has not made further appearances Caulker has been called up on a number of occasions and has not given up on making Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.

“We’ll see what happens this summer regarding the World Cup,” Caulker added.

“There will be no bigger honour if the call comes. There’s great competition for places all throughout the England squad.

“If I’m in and around the squad then great; if not then my focus will be on getting Cardiff right next season.”

Liverpool, managed by Caulker’s former boss at Swansea Brendan Rodgers, have been linked with a summer move for the Fulham-born defender.

But Caulker insists his focus is on

Cardiff’s final Premier League game of the season,

at home against Chelsea on Sunday.

“It’s always nice to hear good things and to hear that big clubs are sniffing around. That’s all positive.

“The key thing for me now is there’s one game left of the season and it’s important for me to put in a good performance.

“We’re looking to put in a performance for the fans. They’ve been brilliant to us, home and away, this season.

“Our goal at the start of the season was to remain in the Premier League and unfortunately we’ve not been able to do that.”







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‘Pick Shaw for England ahead of Cole’








9 May 2014
Last updated at
08:15














Former England defender Graeme Le Saux believes Roy Hodgson should include left-back Luke Shaw in his World Cup squad instead of Ashley Cole.

Southampton’s Shaw, 18, made his

England debut

in March while Cole, 33, has 107 England caps despite limited league starts for Chelsea this season.

Le Saux says Shaw’s “composure and undoubted quality” and his age could give him the edge over Cole.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines is likely to be first choice in Brazil.

“You still have to pick your best team but ultimately there has to be one eye on the future as well,” said Le Saux.

“From Cole’s point of view, while he has the pedigree, you have to ask if he has played enough football at Chelsea this season – and whether or not that is a signal he is coming to the end of a magnificent career at the highest level.

“Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been picking a right-back, Cesar Azpilicueta, ahead of him for most of the season and the question is: Why?

“With Luke Shaw’s arrival in the Premier League, his composure and undoubted quality – and the opportunity he has to learn so much from the players around him during the tournament – I wonder if that would give him the edge.”

Cole, who played at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, has been out of favour with Mourinho this season, making one substitute appearance in three months from 26 January this year.

But despite being out of contract at the end of the season, he has since returned to the Blues side, impressing Le Saux in the

2-0 Premier League win

at Liverpool and the

goalless Champions League semi-final first leg

against Atletico Madrid.

Former Chelsea and Southampton left-back Le Saux, who earned 36 caps and played in the 1998 World Cup, added: “It’s a nice problem for Roy Hodgson to have three quality left-backs but, certainly, Leighton Baines has become the first choice with the season he has had and I think Luke Shaw has more to gain as an understudy.

“Cole’s experience is a very valuable asset for Roy Hodgson and the England team, but you have to look at Luke Shaw and ask what he would gain from the experience of going to a World Cup.

“I can see advantages to both of them but I would take Luke Shaw as back-up to Leighton Baines.”

Hodgson names his 23-man squad on Monday and will pick seven players on standby in case of injuries before England’s first game in Brazil against Italy on 14 June.

But he said recently

he has known

for some time who he will select, adding: “If there are young players in the squad, it will be because they can do a job now.”







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