Gareth Southgate explains Luke Shaw’s inclusion in England squad

England manager Gareth Southgate has praised Manchester United defender Luke Shaw after he was drafted into the squad for the forthcoming set of internationals. The Red Devils left-back failed to make the Three Lions squad for the summer World Cup after an average 2017/18 season but he has since impressed in the United colours to earn a comeback.

Speaking to reporters, Southgate admitted that the Englishman had gone through a difficult period with injuries but he has been picked after making a strong start to the current campaign, he said: “He has had a difficult period in terms of adapting to a new club. A horrendous injury he had to overcome. I’m really impressed with the physical condition that he is in.He had an extra edge to his game in the last couple of matches I’ve seen. He’s shown an aggression to his play, a desire not to lose. Back to his powerful best.”

Shaw took advantage of Ashley Young’s World Cup break to become a regular during pre-season and he has since managed to cement his spot on the left side of the defence. Moreover, he has also contributed to the scoresheet with a goal and an assist from the opening four matches and his form has been sufficient enough to displace Young from the national setup.

Despite this, Southgate has suggested that the door has not closed for the likes of Young, Jamie Vardy, and Gary Cahill despite them approaching the final stages of their career. Among the trio, only Young was a constant presence for the Three Lions during the World Cup but he could not earn a recall after making just one league start for the Red Devils this term. England are scheduled to face Spain in the UEFA Nations League before tackling Switzerland in an international friendly.

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