‘Back in training’ - Newcastle United star lets slip potential England selection call before Euro 2024 opener

Manchester United left-back Luke ShawManchester United left-back Luke Shaw
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw | Getty Images
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has not featured since February but still made England’s 26-man squad

Anthony Gordon has revealed Luke Shaw is “ahead of schedule” as he eyes an injury return at Euro 2024.

The 28-year-old made just 12 Premier League appearances last season and has not played at all since February 18. Several recurring muscle injuries disrupted Shaw’s campaign but he remains the only natural left-back in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

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Many view the move as a risk given England’s perceived defensive frailties, with Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier expected to start the first game. Southgate hinted at Shaw possibly returning for England’s second fixture against Denmark but, speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s opener, Gordon let slip that he could come back sooner.

“Luke Shaw is back in training now and doing really well,” he said. “I did a bit of rehab with him and he was far ahead of schedule. He was doing great, which is good.

“A few people have said it, where the (England) squad has never been so competitive, in terms of everyone is in form and everyone has come here in a really good place. There is definitely competition for places. Everyone is going to be at their best (in training) to try and play.

Gordon also admitted he hopes Southgate stays on as manager following Euro 2024. The 53-year-old’s contract expires later this year and, after four tournaments, speculation is rife about his future.

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“From a selfish point of view, I would want Gareth Southgate to stay,” Gordon added. “I love working with him and his staff. From my youth journey with England and the way they have transitioned the whole setup from youth to senior level, has been absolutely amazing.”

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