Luke Shaw: I can't believe I'm going to a World Cup aged 18

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

First published in Sport

Saints left-back Luke Shaw still cannot quite believe he has been selected for England's World Cup squad.

The 18-year-old admitted when he heard about Ashley Cole's retirement from international football on Sunday and did not receive a phone call, he presumed he had been left out.

And although he had confirmation he was on the plane to Brazil the following day he still finds himself pinching himself.

"I seriously can't believe it still," said the youngster who is the subject of a £27m bid from Manchester United.

"When I found out Ashley Cole wasn't going I had that thought it could be me going but I didn't want to over-think saying 'I am definitely going' because I didn't receive anything that night.

"I thought everyone was getting a phone call on Sunday night and I was speaking with Ads (Adam Lallana) and Lambo (Rickie Lambert) asking if they had got one and once it went past 10pm none of us had had the call so we thought we were among the seven not going.

"When the squad came out the next afternoon me and my family sat there thinking 'I'm 18 and I'm going to a World Cup'.

"Four years ago I was sat at home watching it on my sofa. It is going to be so weird."

Shaw went on: "I am still shocked that I am actually going.

"You always had that thought in your head that you might be picked because Roy (Hodgson) was watching a lot of our games, not just for me of course.

"But I wasn't expecting it. I thought I might be in the 30-man squad so to represent my country at a World Cup when I am only 18 is the best feeling in the world and I want more of it.

An in interview on Saints Player, he added: "Time flies. A year ago I made my Under-21 debut and now I'm going to a World Cup. Things can happen so fast.

"I am going to pray I don't get injured so I can be on that plane to Brazil."

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8:20am Thu 15 May 14

andoru says...

Yeah, it's fantastic Luke. Just remember which club trained you up and got you there when you're thinking of who to play for next season. :)
Yeah, it's fantastic Luke. Just remember which club trained you up and got you there when you're thinking of who to play for next season. :) andoru
  • Score: 12

8:34am Thu 15 May 14

cpnhadock says...

Luke - we (the Southampton faithful) always believed in you!.... We know that you, Adam and Richie are all good enough to be on the big stage.

We also know that with the continued support of yourselves, Morgan, jay, jack, dejan, Callum, etc... Saints can push on next season!....

Please give one more year to the club that gave you all your chance - our loyalty to you is unbreakable, our faith in you is true.... Together we are Southampton - the pride of the south!

Coyr!
Luke - we (the Southampton faithful) always believed in you!.... We know that you, Adam and Richie are all good enough to be on the big stage. We also know that with the continued support of yourselves, Morgan, jay, jack, dejan, Callum, etc... Saints can push on next season!.... Please give one more year to the club that gave you all your chance - our loyalty to you is unbreakable, our faith in you is true.... Together we are Southampton - the pride of the south! Coyr! cpnhadock
  • Score: 9

8:35am Thu 15 May 14

Jan28th1984 says...

He must feel like he's walking through a dream at the moment....
Every club in the world wishing he was playing for them; in the squad for a World Cup on the horizon (plus Brazilian girls wall to wall) and the certainty from one of the world's biggest clubs to be their left back for the next 15 years with more money than you could shake a hairy stick at.

Oh - and Manchester United have made an offer as well...

Well done already to Luke Shaw so early in his career - Fame! Fortune! Celebrity! What rewards there are for being able to kick a ball straight!

This is the inspiration to a generation of kids :-)
He must feel like he's walking through a dream at the moment.... Every club in the world wishing he was playing for them; in the squad for a World Cup on the horizon (plus Brazilian girls wall to wall) and the certainty from one of the world's biggest clubs to be their left back for the next 15 years with more money than you could shake a hairy stick at. Oh - and Manchester United have made an offer as well... Well done already to Luke Shaw so early in his career - Fame! Fortune! Celebrity! What rewards there are for being able to kick a ball straight! This is the inspiration to a generation of kids :-) Jan28th1984
  • Score: 12

9:05am Thu 15 May 14

Saint Jinx says...

cpnhadock wrote:
Luke - we (the Southampton faithful) always believed in you!.... We know that you, Adam and Richie are all good enough to be on the big stage.

We also know that with the continued support of yourselves, Morgan, jay, jack, dejan, Callum, etc... Saints can push on next season!....

Please give one more year to the club that gave you all your chance - our loyalty to you is unbreakable, our faith in you is true.... Together we are Southampton - the pride of the south!

Coyr!
Here here!
And I say to all of them - they have something special here. Please, for the sake of the camaraderie you all have, for the sake of Southampton, the fans, the city, the club, please let's see what we can achieve this coming season.
[quote][p][bold]cpnhadock[/bold] wrote: Luke - we (the Southampton faithful) always believed in you!.... We know that you, Adam and Richie are all good enough to be on the big stage. We also know that with the continued support of yourselves, Morgan, jay, jack, dejan, Callum, etc... Saints can push on next season!.... Please give one more year to the club that gave you all your chance - our loyalty to you is unbreakable, our faith in you is true.... Together we are Southampton - the pride of the south! Coyr![/p][/quote]Here here! And I say to all of them - they have something special here. Please, for the sake of the camaraderie you all have, for the sake of Southampton, the fans, the city, the club, please let's see what we can achieve this coming season. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 11

9:59am Thu 15 May 14

Jesus_02 says...

Listened to the Interview on the Saints You Tube channel.

Didnt seem like he was readying himself to leave. The England call may sow a seed of doubt about leaving. For me Cole is a better cover in case of an injury but having not played week in week out the choice was simple.

There is a warning there for Shaw
Listened to the Interview on the Saints You Tube channel. Didnt seem like he was readying himself to leave. The England call may sow a seed of doubt about leaving. For me Cole is a better cover in case of an injury but having not played week in week out the choice was simple. There is a warning there for Shaw Jesus_02
  • Score: 5

12:13pm Thu 15 May 14

Sutton Saint says...

Don't leave us yet Luke! Leave it until you are 21 and wait for Real Madrid to offer us £100m. The grass is not always greener at another club. You risk part time playing as many of our super youngsters have found. You are guaranteed a game each week, unlike previous escapees.
Don't leave us yet Luke! Leave it until you are 21 and wait for Real Madrid to offer us £100m. The grass is not always greener at another club. You risk part time playing as many of our super youngsters have found. You are guaranteed a game each week, unlike previous escapees. Sutton Saint
  • Score: 4

12:32pm Thu 15 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

First 7 words would have done the trick

Luke Shaw: I can't believe I'm going
First 7 words would have done the trick Luke Shaw: I can't believe I'm going OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

2:49pm Thu 15 May 14

southamptonadi says...

Luke, we are all behind you, we will support every run and kick you make at the World Cup just like we do here.

Just a warning who at man United has made the bid as when they install the new manager he might want experience over youth. Then what would happen just follow bridgeys career after he left.
Luke, we are all behind you, we will support every run and kick you make at the World Cup just like we do here. Just a warning who at man United has made the bid as when they install the new manager he might want experience over youth. Then what would happen just follow bridgeys career after he left. southamptonadi
  • Score: 2

4:42pm Thu 15 May 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Well done Luke, now keep your feet on the ground.
So you don't need to move for international recognition. You signed up for the vision so stay and help Saints int the Champions League.
Well done Luke, now keep your feet on the ground. So you don't need to move for international recognition. You signed up for the vision so stay and help Saints int the Champions League. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 1

8:07pm Thu 15 May 14

Optimist says...

Good luck Luke, but please note that we all expect England to win. You need to ask yourself if you are really ready for that perfect moment :)
Good luck Luke, but please note that we all expect England to win. You need to ask yourself if you are really ready for that perfect moment :) Optimist
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Thu 15 May 14

slugger says...

If Luke wasn't at Saints he wouldn't have had a sniff ...... He'd do well to remember that .
If Luke wasn't at Saints he wouldn't have had a sniff ...... He'd do well to remember that . slugger
  • Score: 2

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