Swansea City midfielder has enjoyed linking up with former club boss at St. George's Park
England v Scotland
Kick It Out International
7.30pm, Tuesday 13 August 2013
Bramall Lane, Sheffield United
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Jonjo Shelvey says it has been great linking up with his former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson as they prepare for the first England Under-21s game of the new campaign.
Shelvey arrived at Anfield in 2010, shortly before England Manager Hodgson, and they were back on the training field together at St. George's Park on Sunday.
The 21-year-old was also in the Senior squad last year and made his debut in the World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
And with Hodgson taking charge of both sides this week as they face games with Scotland, Swansea City midfielder Shelvey reckons it can be a big help for the Young Lions.
"It’s great to work with Roy and get a taste of what the seniors do," he said. "It’s good for Roy and Ray [Lewington} to come and help us.
"He’s a hands-on, full-on coach and likes to be involved massively. Playing under different managers with your club and country, it’s good to get different experiences."
Looking ahead to Tuesday's meeting with Scotland at Bramall Lane, Shelvey continued: "Roy spoke about the rivalry between the two countries.
"You hear about it and even at school you start to learn about the two different countries, but there will be some strong tackles going in no doubt. Hopefully we can come out on top.”
After a disappointing summer in Israel, where England's nine-game winning streak ended emphatically with three defeats at the Finals, Shelvey is determined to help the new-look side begin with a positive result.
And he says a game against Scotland is the perfect way to start the new campaign.
“It’s nice to be back and this game for us is a great one to get us started. It will be a tough test and they’ll come out at us with all guns blazing,” he said.
“In terms of international football you couldn’t ask for a better game to come back into.
“There’s a lot of new faces in the squad and some great players. Obviously you’ve got Raz [Raheem Sterling] and Nathan [Redmond], who has just moved to Norwich, and there’s a few more younger boys who have just come into the squad.
“But they’ve all bedded in very well and hopefully they can show Roy what they can do on Tuesday.”
The former Liverpool man made the first of his 12 his Under-21s appearances two years ago as England embarked on the qualification for Israel.
Now, though, he is one of the more senior players in the side and wants to play the role of leader within the camp.
“I see myself as an older head in the team as I’ve been in for the last campaign. Hopefully I can play and show everyone what I can do again.”
Shelvey has enjoyed a promising start to his new life in Wales following his summer switch from Liverpool to Swansea.
He was instrumental in their Europa League qualifying win over Malmo, playing a star role in the first leg victory and says he is looking forward to the opening day of the Premier League season when they face the champions.
“It’s good down there, I’m really enjoying it,” added the former Charlton Athletic man.
“It’s going really well. We performed really well and it gave us a little bit of breathing space for when we went out there and got a draw, but the main one is on Saturday against Man U.”
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