Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been told by boss Alan Curtis to grab his first-team chance and ensure he stays in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euro 2016 Finals in France.
The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Liberty Stadium recently but Curtis, who was confirmed as Swans boss until the end of the season earlier in the week, has promised Shelvey a recall for the FA Cup tie at Oxford.
Having started just one of Swansea’s last seven games, Curtis wants Shelvey to go out and seize his opportunity to impress.
“He is a current England international and it is a big year with the Euros coming up and he needs to be playing regularly to give himself the best chance of being involved,” said Curtis.
“He will have the opportunity against Oxford and I hope he plays well and we can continue to utilise him in the first team.”
The former Liverpool midfielder appeared in three of England’s games in qualifying as the Three Lions negotiated a perfect ten wins from ten games.
With such a key year ahead of him, Shelvey will be desperate to stake his claim for a regular starting berth in Curtis’ team and his manager hinted that the player has been frustrated sitting on the subs bench recently.
“We all know his ability. He just wants to play and he gets frustrated if he is not in the team,” said Curtis.
England have been pitted against Wales, Russia and Slovakia in Group B for next summer’s tournament.
They are 1.91 to win the section and 13.00 to win the European Championship’s for the first time in their history.