HIGHLY-RATED Charlton midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has snubbed an approach from Ireland and committed himself to England, even though the player claims he had been promised a full international cap under Giovanni Trapattoni and a possible fast-track ticket to the World Cup finals, writes Aidan
Shelvey (17) is rated as one of the best young midfielders in England, having made his debut for Chartlon last year at the age of 16. He also made progress at international level, captaining the England U16s, but the player also qualified for Ireland through a grandparent and was the subject of an approach from the FAI, believed to have been from Liam Brady. But in a blow to Irish hopes, the teenager says he's sticking with England. "I had the chance to play for the Ireland first team but I want to play for England," he said today.
O'Shea happy at Blues
Jay O'Shea is relishing life in the Premier League and is hoping to continue his progress at international level. The Birmingham City midfielder -- who will feature in tonight's U21 European Championships qualifier with Georgia at Tallaght Stadium -- started his first game for the club in a Carling Cup second round tie at Southampton on August 25 and has been in and around the squad for most of the season. He said: "I have been on the bench nearly every week, so it's going well." On Ireland U21s, he said: "We have been playing good football, and if we take the chances we have been creating we will be a great team."