A midfield player who is always likely to leave an impression on any game, given his extraordinary mobility about the pitch and the high tempo at which he plays.
The Essex-born starlet made his England debut as an U16 player against Northern Ireland in 2007 when he captained the side and went on to play a major role in leading Kenny Swain's team to Victory Shield success that year, as well as bursting through into the first team squad with Charlton Athletic.
He became the youngest ever first team player at the Valley when he made his debut at just 16 years and 59 days of age. Not surprisingly, he was also a regular choice for the U17s the following season, when he helped the Young Lions qualify for the European U17 Championship Finals in Germany in 2009. Unfortunately, he couldn't help the team out of the group stage there and that proved to be his last international involvement until May 2010 when he was named in U19 Head Coach Noel Blake's standby squad for the European U19 Championship Finals in France.
There was no further call-up for him then, but he didn't have to wait much longer as Shelvey captained the U19s in their first game of the 2010-11 season in September 2010 and sealed a memorable night by scoring the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Slovakia on the day he also became an uncle for the first time.
2010 also saw Shelvey make the move from Charlton to Liverpool, after the two clubs agreed a fee in April for the distinctive midfielder to move to Anfield.