Fabian Delph was another to make the list, although his versatility - which has been shown under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City this term - could be an explanation as to why the 28-year-old was chosen.
"If Jonjo Shelvey gets his head down and plays six months of good football, he's exactly what England need"— Greg Harrison (@Greg7Harrison) May 16, 2018
Shelvey plays six months of good football.
"Can't take him, too risky"#EnglandSquad
However, Shelvey also failed to make England's standby list,
“I am close friends with Jonjo, and he was upset he didn’t make it,” Gayle said of his team-mate's omission during an interview with the Mirror.
I cant wait for Southgate to leave England, he told Wilshere to play consistently in PL to be considered for the WC, he does that and he still don’t pick him, he then doesn’t pick Shelvey over concerns about his discipline, but he takes Livermore who stole a taxi and took drugs!— MR DT © (@MrDtAFC) May 16, 2018
“He offers something different to some of the other players in there. He should have been called up. England have missed out there.”
During his post-announcement press conference, Southgate cited, 'personality' as the reasoning behind Shelvey not making the plane; however, Gayle is adamant the 26-year-old is simply misunderstood.
“He’s perceived to be a bit differently,” the Toon Army frontman added.
Can’t believe the amount of people distraught at the thought of Jonjo Shelvey not making the England squad. It’s Jonjo Shelvey, the man with 3 assists this season, not Paul Scholes. #EnglandSquad— Liam McMahon (@liammcmahon23) May 16, 2018
“We’ve had a few arguments. I remember in one game he was meant to give the ball back to their keeper and he accidentally booted it out for a throw-in.