Shaw back in Eng­land squad af­ter shin­ing for Man United

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Back in fa­vor with Jose Mour­inho at Manch­ester United, Luke Shaw earned a re­call to the Eng­land squad for the first time in 18 months on Thursday.

The left back has been one of the few play­ers to im­press for United in its un­der­whelm­ing start to the Premier League and was re­warded with a place in a squad con­tain­ing 18 of the 23 play­ers who helped Eng­land sur­pris­ingly reach the World Cup semi­fi­nals.

"He's had an ex­tra edge to his game," Eng­land coach Gareth South­gate said of Shaw. "He's show­ing ag­gres­sion and de­sire not to lose, and look­ing back to his pow­er­ful best go­ing past peo­ple.

"It looks like he's play­ing with con­fi­dence."

Con­fi­dence is one thing the in­jury-prone Shaw has been lack­ing for the last two sea­sons, with Mour­inho some­times pub­licly re­buk­ing the left back for his per­for­mances. But Shaw ap­pears to be ben­e­fit­ing from a more con­cil­ia­tory ap­proach from Mour­inho in re­cent months, putting in the kind of en­er­getic dis­plays United was ex­pect­ing when it made Shaw the world's most ex­pen­sive teenage player by sign­ing him for $46 mil­lion in 2014.

Liver­pool play­ers Joe Gomez and Adam Lal­lana, Burn­ley de­fender James Tarkowski and Southamp­ton goal­keeper Alex McCarthy were the other play­ers picked who did not travel to the World Cup. Oth­er­wise, South­gate placed his trust in the play­ers who de­fied ex­pec­ta­tions in Rus­sia as Eng­land reached the semi­fi­nals for the first time since 1990.

"It's been quite a while since we've come out of a tour­na­ment not need­ing a root-and-branch re­view of English foot­ball," South­gate said with a smile.

South­gate said he mostly opted for con­ti­nu­ity be­cause "those who were with us in the sum­mer de­serve the right to go again."

"We are on the back of a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment," he said, "... and not too much has changed in that time." How­ever, mid­field­ers Fabian Delph and Ruben Lof­tusCheek haven't played for Manch­ester City or Chelsea, re­spec­tively, this sea­son while goal­keeper Jack But­land is now play­ing in the sec­ond-tier League Cham­pi­onship with Stoke.

Ash­ley Young, Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy, who were all in the World Cup squad, told South­gate they did not want to be con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion, al­low­ing the coach to tar­get younger play­ers with a view to the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in 2020.

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