Hodgson hopes Shaw can recover for Euro 2016

Matt Stead

England boss Roy Hodgson is hoping Manchester United defender Luke Shaw can recover from a double leg-break and make the Three Lions’ squad for the European Championship in France.

The 20-year-old left-back, who is still being monitored by Hodgson, suffered a double fracture from a heavy challenge in a Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven in September and is still on the long road to recovery.

Shaw has been named in United’s Europa League squad in the hope he can play in the latter stages of the competition if the Red Devils advance, but his chances of going to the Euros appeared to be dashed when he was not included in an England squad get together at St George’s Park in February.

While other injured players such as Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, who has since returned to fitness for Arsenal, were invited along, Shaw was not a part of the meeting.

But now Hodgson has given the former Southampton youngster the biggest hint yet that he could go to France if he can get fit in time.

“We are still monitoring Luke Shaw,” the England boss said at a Euro 2016 coaching workshop in Paris.

“He is making good progress, we are also monitoring Jack Wilshere, who is making very good progress. But we have to accept in March (friendlies against Germany and Holland) we won’t have those players, but hopefully in May, when I have to make a decision, they will be available for selection.”