Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey targets starting spot

Manager Roy Hodgson and Jonjo Shelvey Euro 2016

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Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey says he is working hard to earn a starting spot for England after being included in the Roy Hodgson’s squad for the up-coming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The 23-year-old, who earned his one and only cap back in October 2012 in a 5-0 home win against San Marino, was recalled to the national team after enjoying an impressive start to the new Premier League season.

The former Liverpool man played a starring role in the 2-0 victory over Newcastle United and was also a key figure in the recent 2-1 triumph over Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium.

Those performances have helped Swansea to fourth in the table, taking eight points from a possible 12, after two victories and two draws.

A return to the England set-up is just reward for the midfielder and Shelvey insists he is not there to make up the numbers.

“I don’t want to just go there (with England) and not play,” he said “I want to get the chance to play a game.”

Shelvey will be battling for a starting spot with the likes of Fabian Delph, Michael Carrick, James Milner and Ross Barkley and he may have to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench.

England travel to San Marino on Saturday for the first of two Euro 2016 qualifiers and the Three Lions are firm favourites at 1.01, a draw is 21.00 while the hosts are huge outsiders at 51.00.

Hodgson’s men have a perfect record in qualifying with six wins from as many matches and they could secure their place at the main stage of the tournament with victories over San Marino and then Switzerland the following Tuesday.

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