A week on from winning a fan and player vote double, Manchester United star Luke Shaw has been brought back down to earth.
United’s player of the year has been left out of the England squad for the UEFA Nations League in June.
Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard did make it in. United’s player of the year did not.
England boss Gareth Southgate explained his decision. Asked if it was a tough choice, he told The Mail: “No. Ben Chilwell and Danny Rose have been excellent for us so they are ahead in the pecking order. But it gives us a lot of good options.”
While this is of potential disappointment to Shaw, it is good news for United.
It is a reality check for the left-back, who ended the season in poor form.
If there was a concern the awards could make him complacent, this should prevent that, and keep him hungry to improve.
The snub also decreases Shaw’s risk of injury, ensuring he can return fresh for pre-season at the start of July.
The £27 million left-back needs to be at the top of his game next season if United are going to get back on track.