Shelvey salutes Swans' role in England call-up
9th October 2014
Jonjo Shelvey has highlighted the key role Swansea City has played in his return to the international stage.
Shelvey hopes to win his second cap for England tonight when they host San Marino in their Euro 2016 qualifier.
The midfielder won his first cap against the same opposition in 2012 while at Liverpool, and almost two years on to the day he looks forward to another national appearance at Wembley.
The 22-year-old, who has netted once in seven top-flight appearances this term, has earned international recognition following his impressive displays for his club as he becomes the first Swansea City player to be called up for the senior England squad.
Shelvey scored six goals in 32 Barclays Premier League appearances in his first season at the Liberty, which included a stunning 47-yard half-volley against Aston Villa.
And the midfielder insists his decision to move to the Swans from Liverpool in July 2013 has paid off.
"It's a good club to be at," Shelvey said in an interview to the FA. "It's a good family club and they've taken a liking to me.
"With the team we've got down there they like to pass the ball and it suits the way I play.
"Hopefully we can keep winning games and I can get more games under my belt and continue playing for Swansea."
With England heavy favourites to convincingly beat San Marino tonight, Shelvey hopes to be given the opportunity to "enjoy" the occasion.
He added: "It's been good to see everyone again and be back involved in the picture and hopefully I can play some part.
"There are a lot of younger players in the squad compared to when I was here last time, but it's always good to keep refreshing the squad and given players an opportunity.
"He (Roy Hodgson) said to just go out and enjoy yourself. It's a lovely game to play in and the important thing is to get the win and hopefully we can get some goals."