Southampton's Luke Shaw guaranteed an England call-up this summer - even if not for World Cup

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Saints left-back Luke Shaw has been guaranteed international football this summer – even if it isn’t at the World Cup.

The 18-year-old is competing with Ashley Cole for a place in England manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for Brazil.

However, if he loses out to his Chelsea counterpart, Shaw will be selected for the under-20 side, which is due to compete in the Toulon Tournament, in France.

Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate will take charge of that group, and he confirmed that both Shaw and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling would be in his squad if they are not taken to the World Cup.

“Yes, absolutely,” he said. “They have both been a big part of what we have done so far.”

While Southgate may yet get to use Shaw this summer, he has revealed that he is already planning for life without him.

“I felt with Luke that, if we didn't lose him for the summer, we probably would for the end of the (European Championship qualifying) campaign, because we know that Ashley won't keep going forever.

“So I've already been thinking about succession planning.”

Southgate also revealed that Hodgson is considering taking some young players, who are not included in his 23-man squad, to the World Cup for the experience.

“That is something he is thinking about – maybe taking a couple of younger players to give them experience of just being around it,” said Southgate.

“It hasn't been finalised but I am guessing it might be a couple of the players who are not young enough to play in Toulon. They might be in the frame for that.

“It is something we have just touched upon really. But I think it shows the joined-up thinking with the England teams in trying to give our young players the right experience.”

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12:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

justaSaintsfan says...

I reckon our Luke has an extremely bright future with the full England squad, regardless of which of our international squads he will be chosen for this coming summer.

If Luke goes to the World Cup finals in Brazil, Leighton Baines will, no doubt, be Roy Hodgson's first choice left back, barring possible injury or illness.

It therefore wouldn't be such a bad thing for Luke if he is picked for England's under-20 squad for the Toulon Tournament in France. Perhaps it would be better for Luke to gain such experience.

Going with England to Brazil, even as an unused squad player or as a non squad member there for the experience, could be of value to Luke Shaw's progression towards becoming England's first choice left back.

I believe this is an absolutely great situation for young Luke to be in, I really do! He's our regular first choice left back in the Premier League with Saints and is surely poised to become first choice for his country. The fantastic thing is that Luke is still only eighteen years old! EIGHTEEN!!!

I'm so looking forward to the rest of this season for Saints, to seeing how the England youngsters do in the Toulon Tournament and to the World Cup finals.

Saints now have umpteen international players at all levels and the numbers are increasing!!! I will be watching as many of them as possible during the summer competitions, always supporting them all, except for any that play for England's opponents, but only when they play against England!

It is onward and upward for our Luke and all our Saints internationals and I couldn't be more proud!!! This is a wonderful time to support all our Saints!!!

The best is yet to come!!!
I reckon our Luke has an extremely bright future with the full England squad, regardless of which of our international squads he will be chosen for this coming summer. If Luke goes to the World Cup finals in Brazil, Leighton Baines will, no doubt, be Roy Hodgson's first choice left back, barring possible injury or illness. It therefore wouldn't be such a bad thing for Luke if he is picked for England's under-20 squad for the Toulon Tournament in France. Perhaps it would be better for Luke to gain such experience. Going with England to Brazil, even as an unused squad player or as a non squad member there for the experience, could be of value to Luke Shaw's progression towards becoming England's first choice left back. I believe this is an absolutely great situation for young Luke to be in, I really do! He's our regular first choice left back in the Premier League with Saints and is surely poised to become first choice for his country. The fantastic thing is that Luke is still only eighteen years old! EIGHTEEN!!! I'm so looking forward to the rest of this season for Saints, to seeing how the England youngsters do in the Toulon Tournament and to the World Cup finals. Saints now have umpteen international players at all levels and the numbers are increasing!!! I will be watching as many of them as possible during the summer competitions, always supporting them all, except for any that play for England's opponents, but only when they play against England! It is onward and upward for our Luke and all our Saints internationals and I couldn't be more proud!!! This is a wonderful time to support all our Saints!!! The best is yet to come!!! justaSaintsfan
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12:56pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

This won't be a popular post, but once the England back room boys analyse Wednesday's game, I fear one moment of ball watching may have given Roy the excuse to stick with the experience of Cole.
Luke allowed his man to get goal side and was unable to make up the two yard start, when chasing him into our penalty box.
Fortunately, the pass, across the box, was not made.
This won't be a popular post, but once the England back room boys analyse Wednesday's game, I fear one moment of ball watching may have given Roy the excuse to stick with the experience of Cole. Luke allowed his man to get goal side and was unable to make up the two yard start, when chasing him into our penalty box. Fortunately, the pass, across the box, was not made. Costa Baz
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12:06pm Sat 8 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Costa Baz wrote:
This won't be a popular post, but once the England back room boys analyse Wednesday's game, I fear one moment of ball watching may have given Roy the excuse to stick with the experience of Cole.
Luke allowed his man to get goal side and was unable to make up the two yard start, when chasing him into our penalty box.
Fortunately, the pass, across the box, was not made.
At the moment he is an inexperienced 18 year old, not a programmed robot, he will make mistakes and learn from them.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: This won't be a popular post, but once the England back room boys analyse Wednesday's game, I fear one moment of ball watching may have given Roy the excuse to stick with the experience of Cole. Luke allowed his man to get goal side and was unable to make up the two yard start, when chasing him into our penalty box. Fortunately, the pass, across the box, was not made.[/p][/quote]At the moment he is an inexperienced 18 year old, not a programmed robot, he will make mistakes and learn from them. OSPREYSAINT
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