Luke Shaw insists England will follow Gareth Southgate’s lead and be ‘very respectful’ if they end Wales’ qualification hopes on Monday…
England won’t be celebrating when Wales exit the World Cup in the Battle of Britain on Tuesday – even though Wales posted footage of their players loudly celebrating England as Euro 2016 went out.
Luke Shaw insists England have too much respect for opponents to emulate or dwell on that celebration, saying they would rather talk on the pitch.
The clip, which shows most of the Welsh side cheering, dancing and jumping around in a group after Iceland beat England 2-1 in Nice, is sure to be widely shared among the England squad ahead of the game. which Wales must win by four goals if they want to progress and finish ahead of England in the group.
Luke Shaw claims England are a very respectful group under manager Gareth Southgate
England take on Wales in their final group stage match at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Shaw was not in the Euro 2016 squad as he was recovering from injury, but he has been part of the England set-up since 2014 and is said to have felt the sting of those festivities.
When asked if England would celebrate if Wales went out, Shaw said: ‘No, I think we’re a very respectful bunch. We’re doing it the right way and you’ve seen that over the years.
“That’s the example Gareth [Southgate] wants to set up and we fully support that and we’re all very respectful and that’s the way Gareth wants us to be.”
Shaw admitted he prefers to deliver his speech on the pitch against Wales
When asked if it would provide extra motivation, Shaw said, “I think you could say that, but our motivation has to be at the highest level.
We are at the World Cup and we have great goals for what we want to achieve and every game we have to have maximum motivation. I don’t think more motivation is needed in what we have.’
The England squad is familiar with the clip and Shaw said: ‘It was never fun. I don’t want to talk too much about that. I want to focus on what we do on the field. We can say things in an interview, but I’d rather we talk on the pitch.”
Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were all part of the squad at Euro 2016.
Wales need to beat England 4-0 to turn the goal difference and finish above them in the group. Likewise, a 1-0 win combined with a draw between Iran and the US would be enough for Wales to qualify.
A point guarantees England’s qualification to the last 16 – but even if they lose, they go through as long as they avoid losing by four goals or more.
The two sides met at Euro 2016 in France when Daniel Sturridge scored a winner in stoppage time