Luke Shaw v Ashley Cole - how they fared

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England manager Roy Hodgson used last night's friendly against Denmark at Wembley to give both veteran Ashley Cole and Saints teenager Luke Shaw an opportunity to stake their claim for the left-back berth.

Here, the Daily Echo takes a look at how the two men performed as they pressed for a place on the flight to Brazil in support to Everton's Leighton Baines.

BODY LANGUAGE.

At 33, Cole may have chalked up more than a century of international caps, but the Chelsea defender showed no signs of complacency and was keen to get on the ball as soon as possible.

Shaw was only five years old when Cole made his senior England debut, but at 18, the Southampton full-back displayed few nerves as he came on at the start of the second half and was soon involved in helping set up an attack on the overlap.

DEFENCE.

Cole tracked pacy Odense BK winger Emil Larsen well, and was rarely caught out of position, either on the left or when covering across in the centre.

Shaw came up against fellow substitute Kasper Kusk, from Aalborg, in the second half and also to be on his guard against the overlap attack down the Denmark right.

ATTACK.

As has become his trademark, Cole provided an effective outlet down the left channel for England, supporting both Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge as the Liverpool duo switched across a fluid England frontline. It was his superb low cross on the overlap just before the break which saw Sterling almost open the scoring as Jakob Ankersen bundled the ball against the post.

Shaw's introduction did not change the options down the left, as the Saints man was soon off at full pelt and drilled a ball through the Denmark six-yard box which just needed a touch to put it in the net.

WORLD CUP CHANCES.

Both men will have given Three Lions' boss Hodgson plenty to think about.

While Cole showed he continues to offer an experienced head and would take stepping into the heat of a World Cup battle in his stride, Shaw also brings with him the freedom of youth - and one so far untainted by England's previous failures on the biggest stage of all.

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8:22am Thu 6 Mar 14

JohnItaly says...

Did cross my mind that Hodgson picked Luke Shaw for the squad due to public / press pressure hoping the occasion got to him and he failed to put in a good performance making the decision for Hodgson easy. He now has a real problem. With Baines nailed on certainty for first choice LB surely the way forward must be Luke looking towards the future.
Did cross my mind that Hodgson picked Luke Shaw for the squad due to public / press pressure hoping the occasion got to him and he failed to put in a good performance making the decision for Hodgson easy. He now has a real problem. With Baines nailed on certainty for first choice LB surely the way forward must be Luke looking towards the future. JohnItaly
  • Score: 14

10:17am Thu 6 Mar 14

alanrr says...

I certainly don't think luke did too much wrong last night and cole has had 107 chances to get it right and win something with England.....time to give a younger and probably hungrier player a chance..........but deep down we know roy won't.....and on another note how do Wilshire and Henderson get ahead of others
I certainly don't think luke did too much wrong last night and cole has had 107 chances to get it right and win something with England.....time to give a younger and probably hungrier player a chance..........but deep down we know roy won't.....and on another note how do Wilshire and Henderson get ahead of others alanrr
  • Score: 9

10:17am Thu 6 Mar 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

Luke looked like he belonged there. I would take him over Cole
In face the only one of the old guard I would take is Gerard, maybe not to play him but as a source of experience and advice
Luke looked like he belonged there. I would take him over Cole In face the only one of the old guard I would take is Gerard, maybe not to play him but as a source of experience and advice There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 7

10:18am Thu 6 Mar 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

I agree that as the decision is so close then surely experience to be gained by Shaw outweighs the experience possessed by Cole. That said is Cole a player who could take a penalty? I'm not sure if Roy would think that way. Shaw is taking everything in his stride I just cannot see this fazing him.
I agree that as the decision is so close then surely experience to be gained by Shaw outweighs the experience possessed by Cole. That said is Cole a player who could take a penalty? I'm not sure if Roy would think that way. Shaw is taking everything in his stride I just cannot see this fazing him. allsaintsnocurves
  • Score: 6

10:21am Thu 6 Mar 14

Wembley76 says...

Maybe it would be good to analyse some stats rather than these rather bland generalisations.....
pass ratio / possession / tackling / interceptions / fitness / coverage etc ??This would add value to the general observations we could all see and provide a more objective analysis....
Overall Luke made a very promising start....but difficult to displace a seasoned campaigner with so much tournament experience who can still provide a great service...tough one for Roy H....a lot will depend on Jose Mourinho's selection in the last part of the season....
Maybe it would be good to analyse some stats rather than these rather bland generalisations..... pass ratio / possession / tackling / interceptions / fitness / coverage etc ??This would add value to the general observations we could all see and provide a more objective analysis.... Overall Luke made a very promising start....but difficult to displace a seasoned campaigner with so much tournament experience who can still provide a great service...tough one for Roy H....a lot will depend on Jose Mourinho's selection in the last part of the season.... Wembley76
  • Score: 2

12:49pm Thu 6 Mar 14

DisplacedFan says...

All is true, but Luke linked up well with Adam and so that connection is another plus.
All is true, but Luke linked up well with Adam and so that connection is another plus. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 3

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