The bookmakers slash Luke Shaw’s odds after a “leaked” article suggests that the defender might be included in the England squad
Luke Shaw hasn’t kicked a ball for Manchester United since that fateful night in Eindhoven on 15 September, although it appears that Roy Hodgson is ready to take a gamble by selecting the left-back for England duty this summer.
Shaw has been on the mend since suffering that long-term injury, with Louis van Gaal admitting recently that the player would be unlikely to feature in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, although Hodgson has made no secret of the fact that the left-back is first-choice for that position.
The bookies certainly sense that the selection could occur and bet365 now offer a best price 6/4 about Shaw being included, with other firms offering odds-on about the former Southampton man getting the nod.
On 30 April, Shaw admitted he was close to a return from injury, with the player originally suffering a double fracture of the leg in that Champions League clash.
Shaw told the United website: “I’m back outside now. Still with the physio, but day by day I’m getting better and fitter. I’m just going to keep pushing now until the end of the season and see what happens, but at the moment my leg feels really great every time I go outside.
“There were a few aches at the start, but now they’re all gone so it’s back to hard work and hopefully I’ll see the fans before the end of the season.
“It’s great to be back in the changing room with the lads and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Danny Rose might be the unfortunate player to miss out on the twenty-three man squad despite a stellar season in a Tottenham shirt. It smacks a little of the 2014 World Cup when Ashley Cole was omitted at the expense of Leighton Baines and Shaw.
The “leaked” article that allegedly appeared on the FA website for a short period of time included Jack Wilshere in the squad, with the Arsenal midfielder appearing to have overcome injury problems in the nick of time.
However, Danny Welbeck will not be going to Euro 2016 after a long-term knee injury was sustained on Sunday, while Theo Walcott’s loss of form could also see Hodgson completely leave out the Arsenal winger.