Newcastle United ace Jonjo Shelvey has told talkSPORT about the moment he knew his England career was over.
The 27-year-old midfielder has revealed he has lost hope of ever adding to his six England caps and is happy to focus on his club form.
Shelvey made his international debut in 2012 following his breakthrough at former club Liverpool but made five of his six England appearances during his spell at Swansea.
However, his last Three Lions game came back in 2015 under manager Roy Hodgson and he has not been considered for a recall since the appointment of Gareth Southgate.
Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, pundits and fans were calling for the midfielder to get a place in Southgate’s squad thanks to his brilliant form for Newcastle, having been influential in the Magpies’ Championship title win and return to Premier League, plus their subsequent tenth-place finish in the top flight.
But he missed out on a place in the team, as England went on to the semi-finals and a fourth-place finish in Russia.
Shelvey sat down with talkSPORT for an exclusive interview ahead of Newcastle’s New Year’s Day clash against Leicester City – which is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT.
And, asked if it was a personal disappointment not to make the World Cup squad, the midfielder said: “Yeah.
“I knew that if I didn’t go to the World Cup, that was me finished in terms of my England career.
“I was probably in better form then, than in have been this season and if there was a chance to go, that was the chance. Obviously it didn’t come around and I just knew that was the end of it.
“I’m not looking towards that side of it, I’m just concentrating on Newcastle now.
“Gareth obviously got a way he wants to go and a way he wants to play football and he doesn’t feel I suit it. That’s fine.
“I’ve just got to concentrate on my form for Newcastle.
“I’m 27 now, so I’m just enjoying playing football. I think that’s what I’ve got to do, just keep going out there and playing with a smile on my face.”
Shelvey also raved about Steve Bruce, and said he ‘loves’ working under the Magpies manager.
Many Toon fans were left underwhelmed, and some angry, when the former Sunderland boss was appointed as Rafael Benitez’s successor in the summer.
But Bruce has so far exceeded expectations at St James’ Park with the club currently 11thin the Premier League table – one place above Arsenal.
They may be only six points above the relegation in an ultra-competitive bottom-half of the table, but Shelvey has nothing but praise for his new boss.
“I’ve loving working under Steve,” he added.
“He’s been there and done it, he’s won everything as a player and he’s been superb for me.
“I’ve had some top managers who have gone on to do top things in the game, and I’ve learned a lot along the way, and now I’m under a manager who has been brilliant for me so far this season.
“What I like about him is all he asks for is just to work hard for him.
“If you do that you’ve got a chance of playing, so that’s what I’m going to try and keep doing.”
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