Manchester United pair Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire combined to great effect for England on Saturday night.

Shaw swung a free kick onto Maguire’s head early in the second half to put the Three Lions 2-0 up against Ukraine.

That settled the nerves as a 4-0 win saw England cruise into the last four of Euro 2020.

The pair will expect to start that clash at Wembley on Wednesday, which would be deserved reward for their mental strength.

EURO 2020: Ukraine and England
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Shaw’s hugely impressive 2020/21 season at United got him his England spot back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been widely credited with getting Shaw back to his best – and the defender raved about his manager’s impact on him back in March.

But a report by the Athletic claims Maguire has been just as important in Shaw’s resurgence.


As captain, he took it on himself to help Shaw get back to his best and is also demanding of him on the pitch for club and country.

England v Germany - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16
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Maguire has his own opportunity now

Last time Maguire faced Denmark, back in October, he was sent off in the first half as England lost 1-0.

Plenty of experts felt he needed a break back then but he played his way back into form.

He’s had plenty to deal with in the past year, from off-field issues in pre-season to missing the Europa League final with injury having been ever-present before that.

Wednesday is his chance to remove the memories of that Wembley nightmare.

It come at the end of a season where he has had to show great strength himself, and has done it while helping Shaw get back to his best.

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