Midfielder wanted to play for England and game-time was needed
Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has revealed why he chose to quit Liverpool – because he wanted to play for England.
The centre-mid has become a regular at the Liberty Stadium ever since leaving Anfield in 2013, and he’s revealed that the decision to quit the Merseyside club was so that he could have a better chance of representing his country.
The 23-year-old made his fourth cap for England under Roy Hodgson against Lithuania, and he’s admitted it was his goals to play for his country that made him quit Liverpool in the first place.
Shelvey Reveals All“I was proud to be a Liverpool player, but there came a point when I had to ask myself what I wanted to do,” said Shelvey.“For me, I wasn’t really a Liverpool player if I wasn’t in the Liverpool team. I didn’t see it as a big decision, just common sense.
“I knew I’d got to the point in my career where I needed a consistent run of games if I was going to be the player I wanted to be.
“I always had the confidence in myself to believe that if I played every week then I would be able to get myself to the heights of the England squad.
“I think I’ve proved that. But I need to keep proving it. Maintaining my standards isn’t good enough, I’ve got to get even better.
“I didn’t want to just be a Liverpool player, I wanted to be in the Liverpool team. I don’t just want to be in the England squad, I want to be in the England team. I had to leave Liverpool.
“The only way I’ll get a regular place in the England team is to keep performing and improving for Swansea.”
The Welsh outfit paid £6million to sign Shelvey, and he’s gone on to become one of Garry Monk‘s key players.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt