Shelvey awaits Under-21 recall

  • Last Updated: October 13 2012, 12:11 BST

Jonjo Shelvey was bracing himself to be sent back to the England Under-21s after making his senior debut in his country's 5-0 thrashing of San Marino.

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Liverpool midfielder Shelvey came off the bench during Friday night's World Cup qualifier at Wembley, having been promoted to the Three Lions squad as a replacement for the injured Frank Lampard.

The 20-year-old had originally been named in the under-21 party for their European Championship play-off against Serbia.

He was banned for Friday night's first leg at Carrow Road but is available again for Tuesday's return match, the same day the senior side play Poland in a vital World Cup clash.

That match will see captain Steven Gerrard return from suspension and Shelvey admitted he may have to wait for his second appearance under Roy Hodgson.

Acknowledging his England debut was a bonus, he added: "I don't know what's happening now, whether I'm going to be going back to the 21s or staying.

"Hopefully, he's got me in his plans for future call-ups."

Shelvey could not wait to see his family after playing the final quarter of Friday night's match.

"Obviously, it's what dreams are made of," he said.

"My dad's always said that hopefully one day I'll play for England and it's come true now."

He added: "I started the week a little bit nervously, not in a training sense but in and around the hotel.

"But, as the week went on, I got more and more confident."

Shelvey impressed in his cameo, going close to scoring in a match he claimed was the most one-sided he had played since he was a schoolboy.

"It was a very one-sided game but we knew that," he added. "Then again, they're the games where you might get caught out.

"Roy's instilled that in us all week. We prepared for the game and I think that showed out there."

That was debatable, with several players underperforming including the man Shelvey replaced, Michael Carrick.

However, the Manchester United midfielder did go closer than ever to his first international goal, rattling the crossbar when the game was still goalless.

He said: "Getting closer but as long as we win then I'm not too bothered."

United team-mate Wayne Rooney captained England on home soil for the first time on Friday night, netting twice to become his country's fifth highest goalscorer on 31.

"He'd be delighted with that so long may it continue if he gets a chance again," said Carrick, who felt Rooney was a similar skipper to Gerrard.

"He's (Gerrard) not really a shouter or a screamer in or around the dressing room. He's more setting an example on the pitch, and Wayne's the same."

Despite an underwhelming performance, Carrick could keep his place alongside Gerrard in Warsaw on Tuesday night.

He added: "Obviously, a different game completely. We know that.

"We know they're a better team and they'll be tougher test for us.

"We're well aware of that and we'll have to be at our best to get a good result."


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