Luke Shaw is lavished with praise by pundits after providing two key assists in England win – as Rio Ferdinand claims ‘he has been fabulous’ while Frank Lampard admits ‘something has clicked in the last 18 months’ for United star
- Luke Shaw was one of England’s star performers in 4-0 victory over Ukraine
- Manchester United left-back made two assists that put England in total control
- Pundits Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Alan Sherer lavished praise on him
- Top display caps impressive 18 months where he has produced his best form
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Luke Shaw’s stunning performance for England in their 4-0 win over Ukraine has seen him win rave reviews from pundits after playing a key role in the Euro 2020 quarter-final.
The Manchester United left-back turned in an outstanding display for the Three Lions with two assists at the start of the second half after supplying crosses for Harry Maguire and Harry Kane to head in.
The goals proved to be a crucial point of the game at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, as they gave England a 3-0 lead at the start of the second half to all but put them out of sight in the clash.
Luke Shaw produced a top class display in England’s 4-0 Euro 2020 victory over Ukraine
The left-back played a key attacking role in helping the Three Lions win the quarter-final
In a bid to give the left-back some rest, Gareth Southgate replaced Shaw with Kieran Trippier in the 65th minute but his display was already enough to leave the likes of Rio Ferdinand impressed at the 25-year-old’s contribution.
‘He’s had a real burst of form, the former England centre-back told the BBC. ‘This season he’s been fabulous, his delivery has been exquisite in this tournament and the timing of his runs.
‘It comes from the pressure to win the ball back. He dives in where it’s dangerous defensively, he has bravery, execution from set pieces in vital moments of the game.
‘At times it comes down to maturity, down to footballing ability, so many more components make up a player. Being in the right place at the right time, having the right management, staff and players around you.’
Shaw produced an assist for Harry Maguire (above) to head in at the start of the second half
The full-back then delivered another cross for Harry Kane to nod home for the Three Lions
In a bid to rest the left-back, he was substituted in the 65th minute at the Stadio Olimpico
Former England midfielder Frank Lampard admitted that Shaw had not been at his best in the last couple of years but that he has been left impressed at the positive turnaround in his career.
‘Something has clicked with him in the last 18 months, Lampard told the BBC. ‘Sometimes you can’t control injury stuff, he wasn’t in the best of shape. Now he can do what you want from him.
Shaw had previously struggled at Old Trafford under previous boss Jose Mourinho, but since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at the end of 2018 he has improved in many areas under the current United boss.
Shaw has battled back from previous struggles under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United
Shaw celebrates with team-mate Declan Rice at full-time following the victory in Rome
Former England striker Alan Shearer believes having a manager that is now getting the best out of Shaw at club level, which has now been transformed to international level, has helped him come back into form.
Shaw was only called back into the England squad earlier this year following just two appearances in the last six years.
‘It’s about people believing in you and having the confidence in you, Shearer told the BBC. ‘If you have one bad game, it’s not the be all and end all, the manager still trusts me. He has that now both with club and country.’
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