Luke Shaw is ‘just doing’ Ben Chilwell for an English starting place after setting up Harry Kane’s opener in Albania, says Ashley Cole – as Man United defender admits he ‘regretted’ not taking previous chances under Gareth Southgate .
- On Sunday evening, Luke Shaw provided an assist in England’s 2-0 victory over Albania
- The Manchester United man made his first Three Lions cap since 2018
- Ashley Cole claims Shaw is ahead of Chelsea’s Ben Chillwell in the left-back race
- The ex-England star claims Shaw is currently in line to start at Euro 2020
Ashley Cole admits Luke Shaw is ahead of Ben Chilwell in the race to become England’s first-choice left back at this summer’s European Championship.
Manchester United defender Shaw made his first appearance in England since 2018 on Sunday during the Three Lions’ 2-0 win in Albania, playing the full 90 minutes and setting up Harry Kane’s opener in the World Cup qualifying win.
Chelsea man Chilwell has been England’s standout option as a left-back for several months before Shaw’s recent resurgence, but Cole has claimed the United man will keep his spot if he remains consistent through the rest of the season.
Ashley Cole (left) says Luke Shaw (right) is about to become England’s left back at Euro 2020
Shaw played in England’s 2-0 win over Albania on Sunday and provided Harry Kane’s opener
The former England left back, who himself received 107 caps as an international, told ITV Sport on Sunday: ‘Shaw will just take Chilwell.
“Right now Shaw is in the lead, but going into the last few games of the Premier League it is a matter of consistency.”
In his first game against England since a friendly defeat to Spain in the fall of 2018, Shaw delivered a brilliant delivery to Three Lions skipper Kane to head home after 38 minutes.
Mason Mount would go on to seal the points with a second half strike, but England have registered its third straight out in a row under Southgate and their eighth shutout in 11 international games.
It was Shaw’s first game against England since 2018, but Cole insists the Man United man is the first choice
United left back Shaw earned his spot after a brilliant few months at club level. The 25-year-old has scored one Premier League goal and has had four assists in his best streak to date at Old Trafford since early February.
Shaw is now in direct left-back competition with Chilwell, who started Thursday’s 5-0 win over San Marino at Wembley, although Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka could also be a rival if Southgate opts to use fullbacks this calendar year.
The defender has been in England’s lineup since he was 18 years old and now has nine international caps to his name, but has now admitted not taking the Three Lions opportunities offered to him in the past.
Shaw competes alongside Ben Chilwell (above) for a left back position on the England side
The 25-year-old told ITV after the victory in Albania on Sunday: ‘I am very happy to win my first match back.
Gareth (Southgate) said before that we are really working on clean sheets right now and we have one. Three points and job. I am happy to be back in the fold.
‘For the past two years I’ve been watching the games and I’m sorry I didn’t get to take my chances when I had them and I’m so happy to be back. Even when I’m not playing and I’m only around the squad it’s still brilliant.
‘Of course I would really like to be in the Euro selection, any English player would be happy to do that. There is a lot of competition. Chilly (Chilwell) played last and was excellent. The competition is great and I will keep pushing myself.