Football - Neighbour Gerrard is Shelvey's role model

Jonjo Shelvey has hailed England and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard as his "perfect role model" and will be able to call on him for even more advice after becoming his new next-door neighbour.

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England Under-21 and Reds midfielder Shelvey has just bought a house alongside the player he has always looked up to at Anfield.

He believes Gerrard fully deserved his Football Association England player of the year award and that he can only benefit from playing alongside the 32-year-old.

Shelvey, preparing for night's Under-21 clash with Sweden at Walsall, said: "Steven has been first-class with me ever since I came into the club.

"I've moved in next door to him now which is even better because if you need any advice, he is always there.

"I get to see him quite a bit. I've not popped around for a cup of tea yet but he is always welcome to come around for a game of pool.

"He is just a great role model to learn from. You can't say enough about Stevie. He does his talking on and off the pitch. He lives the life of a proper professional footballer.

"His performances have been first-class and he has been my perfect role model since day one and someone every young player can learn from. He fully deserved his England award."

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