Shelvey: Dad watched in pub and criticised passing

Date published: Monday 7th September 2015 8:53

Jonjo Shelvey (centre): Set up England's fifth goal for Harry Kane

Jonjo Shelvey (centre): Set up England's fifth goal for Harry Kane

Jonjo Shelvey has revealed his dad watched him make his first competitive England appearance from the pub – and was critical of his passing.

Shelvey played the full 90 minutes of England’s 6-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over San Marino but, while the Swansea midfielder’s mum was in the stands, his dad was back home in England in the pub.

“He was with his mates, drinking and watching the game,”Shelvey said of his father. “He’s a coach and he criticised my long passing. He was still sober when I spoke to him but I think he can drink 26 pints and not feel it.

“Now we all want to earn a place for next summer. It would mean the world for me to get picked. As a boy it’s your dream to play for England in any game, never mind a major tournament. I think even my dad would come to France. He’d pro­bably just jump on the Eurostar.”

Shelvey – along with left-back Luke Shaw – were England’s top-rated players in the game, according to our ratings. Do you agree, and can we now consider Shelvey a first-choice pick for England?

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