Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shelvey's Passing like an Angel Let Him Take Flight

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shelvey's Passing like an Angel Let Him Take Flight

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Byline: Patrick Barclay

WITH Jack Wilshere missing again, England, who had briefly got used to the idea of Arsenal's gifted midfielder as their answer (however faint) to Andrea Pirlo, must revert to the reality that he is still too injury prone to be relied upon for anything.

So there is an obvious creativity problem in the side that will face San Marino and Switzerland over the extended weekend of European Championship qualifying. Or would be if a plausible solution were not staring at us in the shape of Jonjo Shelvey (right).

The former Charlton midfielder has seldom been widely lauded for his skills, partly because he has tended to bury them under a facade of naked aggression.

In pointing an angry finger at Sir Alex Ferguson after being sent off when playing for Liverpool in 2012, he proclaimed immaturity and it did not recede in a hurry. But look at the Romford boy now. Look at how Garry Monk has him passing like an angel for a Swansea side who, having had the better of a draw at Chelsea, handed Manchester United their first defeat last weekend. …

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