Luke Shaw made his first start for England last night since September 2018.

Shaw made an immediate impact upon his return to the side, providing an assist to help England go 1-0 up against Albania.

The Manchester United regular floated in a perfect cross for Harry Kane to head into the net, with the England forward beating ex-United youngster Freddie Veseli to Shaw’s cross.

Albania v England - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
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Shaw has been consistently excellent for Manchester United this season and it was good to see him show his form on the international stage.

Having been rested along with Harry Maguire for what was essentially a warm-up match against San Marino in midweek, both United stars came into the line-up for this tougher match against an Albania side who qualified for Euro 2016.

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Shaw is beginning to realise the potential which saw him called into England’s World Cup squad back in 2014.

 

While his cross for Kane’s goal was the only chance he created for England in the win over Albania, it was a decisive moment, a key part of the 2-0 victory.

Shaw touched the ball 100 times, completed 92 per cent of his passes, including five of five long balls attempted.

Defensively he played his part in a clean sheet, making a team-high three tackles, and also two clearances.

There will be a bigger test for Shaw when England face Poland on Wednesday night. He should have done enough to retain his place, although from a Manchester United perspective, it’s preferable he would be left out.

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