Paul Merson ‘shocked’ by inclusion of Man Utd star Luke Shaw in England squad | Football


Luke Shaw of Manchester United

Luke Shaw hasn’t been playing regularly for Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Merson is ‘shocked’ that Luke Shaw has been selected by Gareth Southgate in England’s latest squad.

The Three Lions boss has picked a 28-man squad for Nations League matches against Italy and Germany.

With the World Cup starting in November, players will be vying to prove they have what it takes to make it for the squad that goes to Qatar 2022.

Southgate has faced criticism for picking players for the upcoming international fixtures that aren’t getting regular minutes for their clubs, like Shaw and Maguire.

While Arsenal legend Merson believes Maguire was still a good pick, he doesn’t understand why Shaw was selected ahead of other talented full-backs.

‘Not with Harry Maguire I wasn’t [surprised] I think he’s a big part of the England squad, the way they play and with Gareth,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘I was shocked with the Luke Shaw one, if I’m being honest.

Harry Maguire of Manchester United

Harry Maguire is also in the England squad (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The amount of full-backs we have in this country and talented full-backs at that. I was shocked with that. But not the Harry Maguire one.

‘I don’t think there’s a lot of panic but if Harry Maguire doesn’t get in the United team come November then there’s going to be a major worry for Gareth Southgate.

‘In a way, he should’ve brought some players in that he might have to go to because you can’t go three months without playing football then play international football, especially in the heat they’re going to be playing in.’

England kick off their World Cup campaign with a clash against Iran on November 21.


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