Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Norway

Wednesday, 03 September 2014, 20:00

International Match

Last Game

Costa Rica 0 - 0 England

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 17:00

World Cup Group D

Boss backs Shaw for Brazil

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has backed Luke Shaw to be included in Roy Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad.

Last Updated: 07/03/14 at 17:04 Post Comment

Mauricio Pochettino tipping Luke Shaw for Brazil place

Mauricio Pochettino tipping Luke Shaw for Brazil place

Left-back Shaw, 18, became the youngest Saints player to win an England cap when he replaced Ashley Cole at half-time in the 1-0 friendly victory over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Shaw is competing with Chelsea veteran Cole and Everton defender Leighton Baines for the expected two left-back spots in Hodgson's final party for Brazil this summer.

Pochettino said: "I thought it was an amazing moment for him, for Southampton Football Club in general and also especially for all the managers he has had in the youth teams and academy.

"To see a child from 10-years-old to actually making his international debut has to be a moment of great satisfaction and great pride.

"I don't know what is going on through Roy's mind at the moment regarding Luke Shaw but, in light of the 45 minutes he played against Denmark, I think that he showed that he deserves to be in the team.

He definitely showed that he has the quality to be in that team."

Shaw was one of 18 Southampton players on international duty this week - a proud moment for Pochettino only tempered by the negative impact it could have on Saturday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

"I always enjoy watching my players when they play for their national sides," he said.

"It was really great to see Luke's England debut, and Adam (Lallana) made a good contribution in the second half.

"I was very pleased with their performances on Wednesday, but it's always a difficult moment when you have a lot of players away.

"Overall, when you include the Under-21s, Under-19s and Under-17s, we had 18 players out of the club so it's good to have them back and to be able to welcome them into the squad.

"All of the players that have been away on international duty might have a little bit of fatigue, especially those who have travelled long distances like Maya Yoshida and Victor Wanyama, who have just got back.

"Of course there are some minor problems that we need to assess with certain players, especially those who have been away."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Indian Super League: Alessandro Del Piero to play for Delhi Dynamos franchise

Alessandro Del Piero will play for the Delhi Dynamos and will take up an ambassadorial role in the Indian Super League

Transfer news: West Brom closing on deal for winger Sebastian Blanco

West Brom are close to agreeing a deal to sign winger Sebastián Blanco, according to Sky sources.

Women's football: Wolfsburg captain Nadine Kessler named Best Women’s Player in Europe

Wolfsburg captain Nadine Kessler has been named Best Women’s Player in Europe at an awards ceremony in Monaco

Mail Box

Don't Forget Chelsea Also Need A Striker

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness, one Chelsea fan pipes up in the mailbox to remind us that the Blues also need a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney as captain...

A United Fan Happy To See Welbeck Go

One United fan doesn't understand all the fuss over Danny Welbeck, while we also have mails on Arsenal being Arsenal, curious transfers and how to pronounce 'Gaal'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property