Monk backs Shelvey for England

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Swansea City manager Garry Monk has encouraged Jonjo Shelvey to push for a place in the national team to add to his single cap.

The former Liverpool midfielder, now 23, made his international debut against San Marino in 2012, but has not been selected for the Three Lions since.

Now entering his second season with the Swans, Monk believes that more performances like the one he produced in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on opening day at Stamford Bridge will see the former Charlton Athletic star represent his country again.

"He's a young player, which you forget about because he looks older, but he has talent," Monk said. "His technical ability is excellent.

"I said a few things last season to see what reaction I might get and I'm glad to say I got the right reaction. He did it at the end of last season and has done it again.

"It would be nice to have an English international at Swansea. He's a great lad. Keep him motivated and he can produce his best football like he did against Chelsea.

"He realises how serious it is at this level and what type of player he can be, it's alright me wanting it for him but he has to want it for himself."

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