Having replaced Ashley Cole in England’s World Cup squad in the summer, Luke Shaw now finds himself playing for the U-21s again after being called up to play in their games against Croatia by Gareth Southgate.
Shaw, who turned 19 in the summer, will be playing two games as part of the U-21s Euro 2015 play off alongside Calum Chambers.
England manager, Roy Hodgson, has claimed that Shaw belongs with the senior squad but is needed for these crucial U-21 games.
“I think they belong to the senior squad,” Hodgson said. “They’ve got the qualities to be in the senior squad and had there not been these two very important U-21 matches, which decide the fate of the U-21 team, then both of them would have been in this squad. I’ve made that clear to both of them. But it’s important that players, especially when they’re young, that when they break in to the first team squad, they know that doesn’t give them an automatic right to always be there. I’ve made it clear that, come November, they will both be serious candidates to be back involved in this squad. I’m hoping that both of them will strengthen the U-21 team and make sure that we qualify.”
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