Jonjo Shelvey says Dad watched his England return from pub; “drinks 26 pints of beer, doesn’t feel it”

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Jonjo Shelvey‘s fine start to the 2015-16 season continued at the weekend as the Swansea City midfield played the full 90 minutes as Englan secured qualification to the 2016 European Championships by beating San Marino.

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Shelvey, 23, was making his return to England for the first time in three years and put in a faultless display against San Marino in one of the bright spots during a routine 6-0 win against the European minnows.

The former Charlton Athletic and Liverpool midfielder has shone for the Swans during their ascent up the Premier League standings over the past 12 months and the man from Romford has seen his slick passing and ability to smash goals in from long-distance become a key part of the South Wales sides’ success.

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Asked by reporters afterwards if his family were in the stands in the tiny sovereign state of San Marino on the east coast of Italy, Shelvey said his Mom and sister had traveled to Venice to see the sights and he spotted them in the crowd during the national anthem, his Mom with tears in her eyes.

But what about Jonjo’s father? Ah, he was down the pub back in England.

“My dad didn’t make it. He was in the pub with his mates, drinking and watching the game,” Shelvey said. “I don’t blame him. I spoke to him afterwards and he was made up. Only a brief conversation. He criticized my long passing. He’s a coach and he’s got his own club, Harold Hill FC, Under 6s to Under 14s, so he’s got some experience. He was still sober when I spoke to him. He can drink 26 pints and not feel it.”

26 pints of beer and still sober!? My word, that has to be some kind of record.

Many, including England manager Roy Hodgson, were full or praise for Shelvey’s display against San Marino and the way he is improving his play week in, week out in the PL. As long as Shelvey doesn’t decide to follow in the footsteps of his old man and start downing 26 pints of beer down during a “session” down the pub anytime soon, the soft-spoken boy from Essex has a bright future for club and country.

Shelvey also revealed that making Hodgson’s final 23-man squad for the Euro’s in France next summer would be a dream come true, and if he does make the final cut, his Dad might even make the trip across the English Channel.

“It would mean the world for me to get picked to go and play in France. As a boy, it’s your dream to play for England in any game, never mind a major tournament, so it would mean everything,” Shelvey explained. “Even my Dad would come to France. It’s not as far as it is here, so he’d probably just jump on the Eurostar or something.”

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.


Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.