Luke Shaw is ‘just pipping’ Ben Chilwell for an England starting spot after setting up Harry Kane’s opener in Albania, says Ashley Cole – as Man United defender admits he’d been ‘regretting’ not taking previous chances under Gareth Southgate
- Luke Shaw laid on an assist in England’s 2-0 victory over Albania on Sunday night
- The Manchester United man was making 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 be starting 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 England appearance since 2018 on Sunday during the Three Lions’ 2-0 victory in Albania, playing the full 90 minutes and setting up Harry Kane’s opener in the World Cup qualifying win.
Chelsea man Chilwell was England’s stand-out option at left back for several months before Shaw’s recent resurgence but Cole claimed the United man will keep his spot if he remains consistent until the rest of the season.
Ashley Cole (left) says Luke Shaw (right) is in line to become England’s left back at Euro 2020
Shaw played in England’s 2-0 win over Albania on Sunday and set up Harry Kane’s opener
The former England left back, who received 107 caps as an international himself, told ITV Sport on Sunday: ‘Shaw’s just pipping Chilwell.
‘At the moment, Shaw’s in the lead, but going into the last few games of the Premier League, it’s a question of keeping consistency.’
In his first England game back since a friendly defeat by Spain in the autumn of 2018, Shaw put in a brilliant delivery for Three Lions skipper Kane to head home on 38 minutes.
Mason Mount would go on to seal the points with a second-half strike but England have registered their third consecutive clean sheet under Southgate and their eighth shutout in 11 international matches.
It was Shaw’s first England game since 2018 but Cole insists the Man United man is first-choice
United left back Shaw earned his spot following a brilliant couple of months at club level. The 25-year-old has registered one Premier League goal and laid on four assists since the start of February in his best run of games at Old Trafford to date.
Shaw is now in a direct left-back competition with Chilwell, who started Thursday’s 5-0 win over San Marino at Wembley, though Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka could also be a rival should Southgate opt to use wing-backs this calendar year.
The defender has been in the England set-up since he was 18-year-old and now has nine international caps to his name, but has now admitted he did not take the Three Lions chances presented to him in the past.
Shaw is competing alongside Ben Chilwell (above) for a left-back spot in the England side
The 25-year-old told ITV after the Albania win on Sunday: ‘I am very happy to win on my first game back.
‘Gareth (Southgate) said it before that we are really on to clean sheets at the moment and we got one. Three points and job done. I am happy to be back in the fold.
‘The last two years I have been watching the games and regretted not being able to take my chances when I had them and I’m so happy to be back. Even if I’m not playing and am just around the squad it’s still brilliant.
‘Of course I would love to be in the Euros squad, every English player would love to. There is high competition. Chilly (Chilwell) played the other night and was outstanding. Competition is great and I will keep pushing myself.