Luke Shaw hopes to give Roy Hodgson a "hard decision" over World Cup selection

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

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Luke Shaw never imagined England recognition would come at such a young age, but, now it has, he is intent on making World Cup selection a ''hard decision'' for Roy Hodgson.

Just 16 months on from making his Premier League debut, the highly-rated 18-year-old's impressive displays for Saints saw him collect a first England cap in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat of Denmark.

Shaw came on at the break in place of boyhood idol Ashley Cole and seamlessly slotted in at left-back, providing an attacking option as well as a sturdy defensive presence.

Asked if he could have imagined this moment six months ago, the teenager said: ''No way. I wouldn't even have thought I would even be getting mentioned to be going away with the senior squad.

''But it has happened and I enjoyed every minute of it and I will never forget the moment I came on.

''It has been an emotional week and the best week of my life. I will never forget this week.''

Shaw's impressive debut will give Hodgson a pleasant headache when it comes to choosing his squad for Brazil.

With Leighton Baines' place all-but assured, it is a straight fight between Shaw and experienced Chelsea defender Cole for the other left-back berth.

''I am not thinking about that yet,'' Shaw said, when asked about his World Cup chances.

''Obviously, I did play a part in that game but there are important games coming up for my club.

''Hopefully, if I keep putting in good performances then Roy will have a hard decision to make.''

Shaw found out he would be making his debut after lunch on Wednesday, when Hodgson took him aside to tell him he would be coming on in the second half.

That is when the butterflies kicked in, but, despite admitting it was ''probably the most nervous I have ever felt'', those emotions dissipated when he took to the Wembley turf.

''As soon as I got on the pitch, all the nerves went and I enjoyed every bit of it,'' he told Southampton's official YouTube channel. ''I just tried to focus on playing my normal game.

''I had a word with Frank Lampard before the game and he said 'I have been in this situation before, you're 18 years old, I know how you are feeling. You are going to feel nervous but make sure you enjoy every minute of it and just play how you've been playing for your club'.''

Advice from England's senior internationals no doubt helped Shaw, so too the presence of Saints team-mates Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Lallana in the squad.

The latter was the only other one of the club's quartet to feature against Denmark and provided the cross from which Daniel Sturridge headed home the winner - a moment Shaw believes will seal the Saints captain's ticket to Brazil.

''He definitely grabbed his opportunity with both hands,'' he said.

''I think before that he was nailed on for Brazil the way he has been performing for his club and his country.

''We knew what talent Adam has and yesterday he proved it to the world.''

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4:44pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Outside of the Box says...

I maybe totally biased but for me, he could be England's left back for the next 14/15 years therefore Luke gets on the plane.
Ashley Cole will not play again this season, yes Cole a seasoned campaigner but if England go on current club form there's no one else to cover Baines, Luke showed the rest of England last night, what all Saints fans (and most so called big club managers know) this lad has the talent, composure to play on the world stage, today, tomorrow and long into the future.
As cover for Baines he's like Adam is a must for the FA flight to Brazil
I maybe totally biased but for me, he could be England's left back for the next 14/15 years therefore Luke gets on the plane. Ashley Cole will not play again this season, yes Cole a seasoned campaigner but if England go on current club form there's no one else to cover Baines, Luke showed the rest of England last night, what all Saints fans (and most so called big club managers know) this lad has the talent, composure to play on the world stage, today, tomorrow and long into the future. As cover for Baines he's like Adam is a must for the FA flight to Brazil Outside of the Box
  • Score: 9

5:31pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Buddy SFC says...

What a difference young Luke and Adam made when they came on .......... The game was dead until they both arrived and then bang suddenly with Adam harassing the Danish in Midfield like a Rabid Terrier and Luke driving down the LHS, suddenly England looked like they had a cutting edge !

Keep the youngsters in and forget the old guard and give us something to look forward to Roy !
What a difference young Luke and Adam made when they came on .......... The game was dead until they both arrived and then bang suddenly with Adam harassing the Danish in Midfield like a Rabid Terrier and Luke driving down the LHS, suddenly England looked like they had a cutting edge ! Keep the youngsters in and forget the old guard and give us something to look forward to Roy ! Buddy SFC
  • Score: 10

7:50pm Thu 6 Mar 14

saint in dordogne says...

Did anyone know Guly has scored as many goals for saints as Kevin Davis in 10 less apps?
Did anyone know Guly has scored as many goals for saints as Kevin Davis in 10 less apps? saint in dordogne
  • Score: 4

7:52pm Thu 6 Mar 14

saint in dordogne says...

saint in dordogne wrote:
Did anyone know Guly has scored as many goals for saints as Kevin Davis in 10 less apps?
And 1 behind shearer with 20 apps less!!!
I say give him a new contract
[quote][p][bold]saint in dordogne[/bold] wrote: Did anyone know Guly has scored as many goals for saints as Kevin Davis in 10 less apps?[/p][/quote]And 1 behind shearer with 20 apps less!!! I say give him a new contract saint in dordogne
  • Score: 1

9:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

saints1998 says...

England were appalling in the first half. They just did not want to get on with the game as they kept on passing yo each other and not going forward. However when Lallana and Shaw cane on the game was totally different. They provided the energy levels required to play for England and were outstanding. I think I can finally say that I actually enjoyed the way England play when they came on.
England were appalling in the first half. They just did not want to get on with the game as they kept on passing yo each other and not going forward. However when Lallana and Shaw cane on the game was totally different. They provided the energy levels required to play for England and were outstanding. I think I can finally say that I actually enjoyed the way England play when they came on. saints1998
  • Score: 7

9:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

saints1998 says...

saints1998 wrote:
England were appalling in the first half. They just did not want to get on with the game as they kept on passing yo each other and not going forward. However when Lallana and Shaw cane on the game was totally different. They provided the energy levels required to play for England and were outstanding. I think I can finally say that I actually enjoyed the way England play when they came on.
to
[quote][p][bold]saints1998[/bold] wrote: England were appalling in the first half. They just did not want to get on with the game as they kept on passing yo each other and not going forward. However when Lallana and Shaw cane on the game was totally different. They provided the energy levels required to play for England and were outstanding. I think I can finally say that I actually enjoyed the way England play when they came on.[/p][/quote]to saints1998
  • Score: 3

7:52am Fri 7 Mar 14

saintbobby says...

Luke Shaw we all know is a class act and is just something special to watch, as is Adam Lallana.

Today, Friday's Radio 2 mentioned a report that Manure are preparing to "break the bank" to sign him. Doesn't it make you cry. I know it was always thus, but Spurs taught the club a lesson when snatching Gareth Bale for about £12 million and then selling him for £87 million.

So, it follows, that if Manure want to break the bank, then they must offer £88 million for Luke. I know they will not, but if we are to lose Luke, then I do hope the club puts on a very, very hard nose.

Some mention Luke as rated to be £20 million. I am sure we all hope that he stays with us (he has a 5-year contract) as should he go then, where does it end?

Saints must be very hard-nosed if this club is ever going to be anything in Europe. There is no point having an envied Academy if it just becomes a feeding ground for what are called the "big" clubs.

So, unless a player becomes unhappy at Saints (unlikely) our message should be pi** off!!
Luke Shaw we all know is a class act and is just something special to watch, as is Adam Lallana. Today, Friday's Radio 2 mentioned a report that Manure are preparing to "break the bank" to sign him. Doesn't it make you cry. I know it was always thus, but Spurs taught the club a lesson when snatching Gareth Bale for about £12 million and then selling him for £87 million. So, it follows, that if Manure want to break the bank, then they must offer £88 million for Luke. I know they will not, but if we are to lose Luke, then I do hope the club puts on a very, very hard nose. Some mention Luke as rated to be £20 million. I am sure we all hope that he stays with us (he has a 5-year contract) as should he go then, where does it end? Saints must be very hard-nosed if this club is ever going to be anything in Europe. There is no point having an envied Academy if it just becomes a feeding ground for what are called the "big" clubs. So, unless a player becomes unhappy at Saints (unlikely) our message should be pi** off!! saintbobby
  • Score: 3

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