Deployed as a midfielder, Shelvey plays for Swansea City in the Premier League and the England national football team. After representing Charlton Athletic and Liverpool respectively, he signed for Swansea City for a 5-million transfer fee in 2013. The midfielder also represented the England under-16s as they won the 2007 Victory Shield scoring three goals in three games. On 5 September 2015, Shelvey was chosen to start for England for the first time in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against San Marino, becoming the first man to represent England while playing for Swansea. The midfielder was also named Man of the Match by the BBC in a 6-0 win against San Marino in that match.
He was trained by the youth academy of Arsenal and West Ham before playing for Charlton Athletic, making his breakthrough in the 2007-2008 season after scoring 14 goals in 23 matches for Charlton's Under 18s.
He grew up with an older brother named