'Amazing' Shaw backed for England call-up

Basingstoke Gazette: LUKE SHAW LUKE SHAW

Luke Shaw deserves to receive a first ever senior call-up for England tomorrow.

That is the view of one of the defender’s teammates at Saints.

Shaw is in contention for a place in the squad for next Wednesday’s friendly, against Denmark, at Wembley.

England manager Roy Hodgson has already indicated that the 18-year-old left-back could be selected this time, a decision that would put him in the frame for the World Cup.

Saints centre-half Dejan Lovren has played alongside Shaw for most of the season, and he believes the teenager’s performances warrant a place in the squad for next week’s match.

“Yes, I think, because the last couple of games he was amazing,” said Lovren.

“He needs to work really, really hard and, for me, he’s already one of the best left-backs here in the Premier League.

“He’s still young, really young, and I think he deserves the chance to play.”

Shaw is one of four Saints players with a realistic chance of being included in the squad tomorrow, along with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, with the latter three having already made their debuts for the national team this season.

Lovren is hoping to see all of them selected for what will be the final friendly before Hodgson names his provisional 30-man World Cup squad.

“I hope to see like the last time, the players who play for England, again,” he said.

Lovren himself will be away on international duty next week, having been selected by Croatia for their friendly against Switzerland, in St Gallen.

The 24-year-old is a mainstay of his national squad, and, barring injury, should be gracing the World Cup – where Croatia will take on hosts Brazil in the tournament’s curtain-raiser.

However, he says the focus remains very much on Saints, rather than the summer.

“We have a lot of time,” he said. “I hope I am not injured and I need to just play good football for my club and, after, it will be easier to play in the World Cup.”

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5:42am Wed 26 Feb 14

fritzer says...

What sort of price would that put on the young fellers head? cant see him spending much more time at St Mary's, "baby snatching Venger" will already be eyeing up the prospects and others too. I sincerely hope that I am wrong as I dont believe that old story that were no longer a selling club..
What sort of price would that put on the young fellers head? cant see him spending much more time at St Mary's, "baby snatching Venger" will already be eyeing up the prospects and others too. I sincerely hope that I am wrong as I dont believe that old story that were no longer a selling club.. fritzer

6:35am Wed 26 Feb 14

Velleity says...

It would be wonderful to see him out there - if he's selected it'll boost his confidence even more.

What an advert for the way we not only bring on talent but also the way we're prepared to take the risk and actually play the youngsters.
It would be wonderful to see him out there - if he's selected it'll boost his confidence even more. What an advert for the way we not only bring on talent but also the way we're prepared to take the risk and actually play the youngsters. Velleity

6:46am Wed 26 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

Times have changed for Saints ever since first Saint Markus Liebherr and now Katharina Liebherr have owned the club. Saints are no longer forced to sell their best own produced young players to financially survive, so why shouldn't Luke Shaw want to stay at Southampton? He is already on a long contract and he is happy with Saints!

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a bit of a one off. He was the last bright, young Saints academy prospect to leave as soon as he sniffed the so called 'big time' at Arsenal, but the difference was that he didn't WANT to stay with Saints and was obviously unwilling to sign a long contract. Alex's decision to leave was influenced by his father, Mark Chamberlain, a former top level professional footballer.

The ownership of Saints by the Liebherr family has changed Saints from a 'selling their best young academy prospects to survive club' to a club of genuine ambition. Our best players now WANT to stay with Saints. Perhaps they now realise that Saints are still actually improving as a group of players and that the 'big time' has already started to happen right here at Saints!!!

The fact is that Saints have already gone up a level and simply no longer have to sell their best young players to make ends meet.

Eat your heart out Arsene Wenger and co!!!

COYR!!! The future is onwards and upwards for Saints, where the only way is up. This is the Southampton way, where the best is all set to come!!!
Times have changed for Saints ever since first Saint Markus Liebherr and now Katharina Liebherr have owned the club. Saints are no longer forced to sell their best own produced young players to financially survive, so why shouldn't Luke Shaw want to stay at Southampton? He is already on a long contract and he is happy with Saints! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a bit of a one off. He was the last bright, young Saints academy prospect to leave as soon as he sniffed the so called 'big time' at Arsenal, but the difference was that he didn't WANT to stay with Saints and was obviously unwilling to sign a long contract. Alex's decision to leave was influenced by his father, Mark Chamberlain, a former top level professional footballer. The ownership of Saints by the Liebherr family has changed Saints from a 'selling their best young academy prospects to survive club' to a club of genuine ambition. Our best players now WANT to stay with Saints. Perhaps they now realise that Saints are still actually improving as a group of players and that the 'big time' has already started to happen right here at Saints!!! The fact is that Saints have already gone up a level and simply no longer have to sell their best young players to make ends meet. Eat your heart out Arsene Wenger and co!!! COYR!!! The future is onwards and upwards for Saints, where the only way is up. This is the Southampton way, where the best is all set to come!!! justaSaintsfan

10:17am Wed 26 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

a double edged sword here ! you want your players to shine and be the best but that in itself has its downside but i wish him well whichever path he chooses i just wish he didnt support chelsea as a boy
a double edged sword here ! you want your players to shine and be the best but that in itself has its downside but i wish him well whichever path he chooses i just wish he didnt support chelsea as a boy mickey01

11:39am Wed 26 Feb 14

alanrr says...

one has to remember football is a short-lived career and if one can get up to £300,000 a week it is very tempting to move to the highest bidder......can't see us offering over the top ages..........we are far too sensible......not every ex-player can be a manager or tv pundit, though most have tried.............
one has to remember football is a short-lived career and if one can get up to £300,000 a week it is very tempting to move to the highest bidder......can't see us offering over the top ages..........we are far too sensible......not every ex-player can be a manager or tv pundit, though most have tried............. alanrr

1:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

With 4 players in the U19 squad, I would hope they will be bigging the Saints up to the rest of the squad, with a view to tempting the better players to want to move South.

I think there are 4 Chelski lads in the squad, who you have to feel sorry for, knowing that it is extremely unlikely that they will ever play a first team game, for them.
If they are good enough, tap 'em up and reverse the flow of young talent!
With 4 players in the U19 squad, I would hope they will be bigging the Saints up to the rest of the squad, with a view to tempting the better players to want to move South. I think there are 4 Chelski lads in the squad, who you have to feel sorry for, knowing that it is extremely unlikely that they will ever play a first team game, for them. If they are good enough, tap 'em up and reverse the flow of young talent! Costa Baz

4:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Poole Tom says...

Whilst I agree that as a club we no longer need to sell to survive, the fact of the matter is that at some point our top class youngsters like Luke will want to leave in order to play Champions League football if we are unable to provide it. For us to do that we will need to grow the club and attract crowds of 40,000+, which would still be a lot less than the likes of Man Utd and Man City who already have plans in place to increase the capacity of their ground to in excess of 60,000. Unfortunately I can`t see us doing that in the near future given our slightly disappointing crowds this year in what has been an excellent league campaign. Consequently when players do leave for big money we need to make sure that we re-invest it well in players of the caliber of Lovren rather than the likes of Osvaldo. That`s not easy for any club to do, but especially Saints who have a history of wasting money from big money sales such as Alan Shearer. So for me given that we are excellent at producing our own home grown talent the key to our future success will be improving the quality of the players that we buy.
Whilst I agree that as a club we no longer need to sell to survive, the fact of the matter is that at some point our top class youngsters like Luke will want to leave in order to play Champions League football if we are unable to provide it. For us to do that we will need to grow the club and attract crowds of 40,000+, which would still be a lot less than the likes of Man Utd and Man City who already have plans in place to increase the capacity of their ground to in excess of 60,000. Unfortunately I can`t see us doing that in the near future given our slightly disappointing crowds this year in what has been an excellent league campaign. Consequently when players do leave for big money we need to make sure that we re-invest it well in players of the caliber of Lovren rather than the likes of Osvaldo. That`s not easy for any club to do, but especially Saints who have a history of wasting money from big money sales such as Alan Shearer. So for me given that we are excellent at producing our own home grown talent the key to our future success will be improving the quality of the players that we buy. Poole Tom

5:21pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Chelsea for 45 Mill wake up me Boys!
Chelsea for 45 Mill wake up me Boys! Fatty x Ford Worker

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