Luke Shaw is making good progress from a double leg break and England manager Roy Hodgson hopes Manchester United will allow the left-back to prove his fitness before Euro 2016.
An exceptional start to the season at Old Trafford was cruelly halted by an horrific injury during September’s Champions League clash at PSV Eindhoven.
Shaw suffered a double leg break in a tackle by Hector Moreno, leading to two operations and a lengthy spell on the sidelines that left his season in tatters.
Few expected to see the 20-year-old again this season but his progress has been impressive, making Hodgson hopeful of having him available for Euro 2016.
“Yeah, absolutely (the door is open),” the England boss said. “Luke Shaw’s in the same position as Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere.
“Luke Shaw’s a player we believe in, we think is an excellent talent. We think he will be a major competitor with the other left-backs for a place in the squad. All that remains is for him to get fit enough to be selected.
“I spoke to Luke on Sunday and he said to me too that things are going well and that’s good news. We’re in the hands of the club, to some extent.
“If they decide they don’t want to risk him in the final games, they do want to hold him back, they want to give him a pre-season to get 100 per cent fit, there’s not much I can do.”
Hodgson is keeping a “very close eye on the matter” and is hoping United use him before having to announce his squad for France on May 12.
“I would be a little bit disappointed in that I think the player deserves the opportunity, if he is fully fit, to be given a chance of being selected,” he said.
“But I would understand it. It’s a decision the club will make hopefully in tandem with the player and I will respect it.
“I don’t interfere with club business. I’ve been a club manager and you can’t always expect the agenda of the club and international manager to coincide.”