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Shelvey omission 'harsh'.

JONJO Shelvey can "see a pass other players can't" and the Newcastle United midfielder's omission from the England squad was harsh, believes Chris Kamara.

Gareth Southgate named five recognised midfielders in his England squad: Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dele Alli and Eric Dier.

Fabian Delph was also included for his versatility, given 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.

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."

However, pundit and former Bradford City midfielder Kamara feels Shelvey is one of the players who can feel most aggrieved by their World Cup omission.

He said: "I think it's harsh on a lot of players.

"Jonjo Shelvey, for example.

"If you want someone to see a pass other people can't, Shelvey can do that."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 19, 2018
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