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Luke Shaw provides fresh injury update ahead of England Euro 2024 semi-final



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Luke Shaw has provided England and Manchester United with a fresh injury update ahead of the 2024 European Championship semi-finals.

England has reached the semi-finals of the 2024 European Championships following a penalty shootout win over Switzerland on Saturday evening.

Bukayo Saka handed England a lifeline after Breel Embolo put the continental nation ahead with 15 minutes to play. After the shootout win, it was confirmed 24 hours later that they would face the Netherlands in the next round.

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While many England players faced criticism for their performances, Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo, who made his second competitive start for his country, was once again exceptional.

However, although Mainoo was once again a highlight for United fans, bigger news came when England saw the return of Luke Shaw, who had yet to feature in the tournament, during the tie. The 29-year-old came off the bench.

Shaw had been on the bench for four of England’s five games and was “ready” to come on against Slovakia during the round of 16 before the side needed attacking reinforcements to overcome their staunch defence. However, Shaw was able to secure minutes in the following round.

Speaking on Monday afternoon, Shaw addressed the media at England’s base camp in Blankenhain and issued a fresh injury update ahead of the pending sem-final against the Netherlands, confirming that he is fit and ready to play a full game.

“The last four months have been really tough,” he admitted. “At the start, I was expected to come back a lot sooner, but I went through a lot of setbacks. It was really nice to get on the other night and get some minutes, I’ve been itching.

“Of course, I think I am [fit and ready to play 90 minutes], that is down to Gareth’s decision. I feel fit and ready to go.”

He continued: “I think before the squad got announced, we had a plan [for recovery]. The plan was to come back around the second or third game, but unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, and I was pushed back a game or so.

“Of course, it’s tough. They were really there for me, not just Gareth and Steve but the medical staff as well, I have a lot to thank them for.”

When asked how he has felt being in the squad but not able to play, he replied: “It’s been strange. It’s also been difficult. Going to games, feeling the atmosphere, not putting the shirt on or being involved in games was hard, but that motivated me more to work back.

“The atmosphere in those games spurred me on. I was, of course, excited to come back, but the priority was to help us get back into the game and get us through.”

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