Shelvey won't rule out playing for Scotland despite having captained England's under-19s

The 20-year-old Liverpool player has his eyes set on playing international football but reiterates that his focus is on impressing new manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is set for talks with the Scottish FA upon discovery that the 20-year-old's grandmother is from Edinburgh in Scotland, making Shelvey eligible for selection in the senior Scottish national team.

The Essex-born midfielder previously captained the England under-19 side, as well as making four appearances for the under-21 team.

However, as Shelvey has not played for the England side at senior level, he is still available to play for Scotland should he choose to put himself up for selection - although he has ruled out any involvement with the national team for the near future.

“At the moment, I am concentrating on my club career, but if the time comes that I am not playing for England, then it [representing Scotland] is something I might not turn down.

“I am still young, so I don’t have to make a decision yet.”

Shelvey also discussed the new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who replaced Kenny Dalglish in June.

“When Brendan Rodgers first came, he said to me that I would be one of the ones he’d look to go out on loan. I took that in deep and felt I had to show this gaffer I want to stay here.

“I thought I did that in pre-season and it’s paid off for me. When we got back from the tour in America, he said to me he wanted me to be a big part of his plans.

"It gives you more confidence when you hear your gaffer ­talking like that. I’ve been ­patient and plugged away, and now I feel I am getting the benefits.”