Luke Shaw must use England reprieve to kick start his season

Jadon Sancho has been one of Manchester United’s best players this season and this was not enough to earn a spot in the latest England squad.

While this felt unjust, another Manchester United player benefitted from another of Gareth Southgate’s controversial decisions, Luke Shaw.

Shaw has not played a minute of Premier League action since being substituted at half-time in Manchester United’s defeat to Brentford on August 13.

He did feature as a late substitute in the Europa League win over Sheriff last Thursday after his call-up to the England squad was announced.

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Shaw must use England reprieve

Seeing how competitive it is for England spots in other positions, Luke Shaw can count himself very fortunate to make this latest England squad.

He is one of just two left-backs selected, along with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell, although right-back Kieran Trippier could also play there as he did for the Euro 2020 opener.

Like United teammate Harry Maguire, who is also fortunate to be selected, Shaw remains in Gareth Southgate’s good books after strong previous performances for his country.

Coasting on reputation may take Shaw to these UEFA Nations League fixtures – but they do not guarantee a spot at the World Cup.

The 27-year-old has got a reprieve – and he must use this England call-up to kick start his season for Manchester United.

New signing Tyrell Malacia has claimed the spot of Manchester United’s number one left-back and has shown no sign of relinquishing it.

However, a grueling fixture schedule in October demands Manchester United must rotate, and Luke Shaw will get his opportunities to contribute, stake a claim to battle Malacia, and fight his corner for England.

A strong performance or two for England during this international break against Italy or Germany would go a long way for Shaw.

He can shake off some rustiness, develop his match fitness, and send a message to Erik ten Hag that he is ready, whenever called upon.

This reprieve is a chance for Shaw to kick on ahead of a huge month for United. If he cannot kick on over the next few weeks, he could be a surprise omission from the England squad for the World Cup.

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