Gerrard: Jonjo can go right to the top
ENGLAND skipper Steven Gerrard reckons Liverpool team-mate Jonjo Shelvey has a massive future for club and country.
Shelvey, 20, was a surprise emergency call-up to the Three Lions squad as he has only made 10 Premier League starts.
The most recent of those saw the midfielder sent off against Man United for a two-footed tackle.
But Gerrard – who is banned for Friday’s game after being sent off against Ukraine last month – reckons the former Charlton man is a real prospect.
He said: “Jonjo’s been improving all the time since he arrived at Liverpool and has grown into a good footballer with good vision who can create and score goals.
“He also listens which means he’ll only get better with more games.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been giving youngsters a chance.
Gerrard added: “There’s a real big future here for the young lads and Jonjo is one of them.
“He has shown in the early stages of the season that he’ll play a prominent role in the development of the team over the next couple of years.
“To get called into the full England squad is testament to what he’s done so far. It will be a great experience for him.
“He’ll work with some top players and that can only benefit him.”
At 32, Gerrard knows he only has a handful of seasons left as an international himself.
He needs two more caps to reach the 100 mark, but former Three Lions winger Chris Waddle has a plan to help him go even further.
Waddle wants him to convert to centre-back, just like German trio Lothar Matthaus, Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer did.
He said: “Steven’s good enough to convert to a centre-half. He’s competitive, he reads the game brilliantly and has a terrific range of passing.
“The Germans have been doing it for years.”