Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is still in contention for a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad, according to manager Roy Hodgson.
Big layoff for England youngster
The youngster was a regular starter for Hodgson’s Three Lions side but hasn't played for six months after he broke his leg in United’s opening Champions League group match against PSV Eindhoven back in September.
Many expected that the injury would keep the 20-year-old for the remainder of the season but Hodgson, who has remained in contact with Shaw, is hopeful he will play again before the end of the season and may have a chance of getting on the plane to this summer’s tournament.
Hodgson said that Shaw is in the “same position” as “Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere” and that he is an “excellent talent” that is a “major competitor” for a place in the international starting XI. However, Hodgson said he needs to be “fit enough to be selected”.
He continued saying that he spoke to Shaw, who said things are “going well” but admitted that they were “in the hands” of United. There is not much Shaw can do if Manchester United “don’t want risk him in the final games” and “hold him back” to get “100 percent fit” during pre-season.
Shaw still in contention
Hodgson will name his squad for the tournament on May 12, with Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand been selected for the upcoming friendlies with the Netherlands and Germany. But Hodgson has admitted he would like to see Shaw be involved in some capacity before the end of the season.
He said that he would be a “little bit disappointed” if he didn't get a run out as he believes he “deserves the opportunity” if “fully fit”, but he would “respect” the decision of the club if they didn't allow it.
He continued saying that he doesn't “interfere with club business” as he said that you expect the “agenda” of an international and club manager to “coincide”.
Manchester United will take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, March 20 with kick-off at 4pm BST.