Gareth Southgate’s England started their Euro 2020 campaign perfectly with a 1-0 win against an experienced Croatia side. The ever-impressive Luke Shaw did not make an appearance, however, with the England manager putting his trust in Kieran Trippier to play an unfamiliar role on the left side of the defence instead.
The manager felt that the makeshift left-back’s experience would be important, especially since he was next to a fairly unexperienced Tyrone Mings due to the absence of United captain, Harry Maguire. Southgate praised Trippier after the match: “We felt that his talking across the backline and his ability to get out and stop crosses quickly and his experience on a day like today. He is a big part of what we’ve done over the last few years and he gave a really good performance.”
However, it seems that the Manchester United left-back is set to make his tournament debut later tonight — The Athletic have reported that Shaw and Chelsea’s Reece James are set to replace the pairing of Trippier and Kyle Walker on the flanks in the derby with Scotland tonight.
England’s number three made his first Three Lions appearance in over two years in their 2-0 win over Albania back in March, he assisted Harry Kane’s opening goal.
Even though the 25-year-old has sustained damage to the tendons in his left wrist after he injured it in the Europa League final loss with United last month, the England medical staff have assessed the left-back and cleared him fit to play for The Three Lions.Embed from Getty Images
Shaw is not the first to praise the talent in the England set-up, back in March he told Sky Sports just how impressive the group was. He said: “The England team is massively different to the one I was involved in. The talent is unbelievable and everyone is at the perfect age with players who are in their twenties who have been playing at the top for a long time”
The resurgent left-back also told the Manchester United website that he had almost lost hope for a recall to the national side. Shaw said: “Yeah, I think so.” in response to whether or not he lost hope on being selected again. He continued: “At times, I made bad mistakes, with maybe pulling out from international duty when I shouldn’t have. That was down to me. Of course back then, I was going through hard times.”
The story of Luke Shaw has been a brilliant one and his rumoured starting place in the team tonight is a perfect example of how far he has come in the last few years.