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Paul Gascoigne offers Jonjo Shelvey advice after Newcastle midfielder's England World Cup omission; Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will not be in Russia - just like when Paul Gascoigne did not make the France 98 squad.

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Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey must "keep his head" and improve next season in order to get over the disappointment of his England World Cup omission, believes Paul Gascoigne.

Last month, Southgate named five recognised midfielder's in his England squad: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as well as Tottenham Hotspur duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier.

Manchester City's Fabian Delph was also included to his versatility, given that he can play defensive-midfield or left-back.

Yet Shelvey,who has been in exceptional form for Newcastle in 2018, is not even on the standby list for the tournament - with AFC Bournemouth's Lewis Cook, Liverpool's Adam Lallana and West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore preferred instead, despite the latter's relegation from the Premier League.

Pundits including Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle and Ian Wright have called for Shelvey's inclusion in recent weeks, but Southgate does not agree with their assessment. TheThree Lionsmanager claims the midfielders he has selected are "better" than those he hasn't.

Southgate also implied in his Press conference after the squad was announced that Shelvey's omission was down to "personality", while reports have suggested the England manager feared the midfielder would "be a poor tourist".

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In order for Shelvey to get over the disappointment of being overlooked for Russia this summer, Gascoigne has told the Newcastle midfielder to focus on impressing for United against next month.

Famously, Gascoigne was left out of England's World Cup squad for France 98 by Glenn Hoddle, and theex-Newcastle Academy graduate admits it took him a long time to get over the omission.

"I think for any player it's very disappointing not to make the squad. I didn't in 1988 and was very disappointed,"Gascoigne told Bet Stars about Shelvey's omission.

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"He's got to keep his head and improve next season as there's the Euros in two years' time to aim for, and you've got to get yourself in contention for.

"It's a shame [he's not going to Russia]. No doubt he'll be devastated."


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Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2018
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