England World Cup squad profile: Luke Shaw

The 18-year-old has been called up to Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad having made just three Under-21 appearances and played 45 minutes at senior level, but his potential is huge
It has been quite a year for Luke Shaw. Having being voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, he is heading to a World Cup with England at the age of 18, effectively retiring Ashley Cole in the process.

He is perhaps the brightest of Southampton's starlets, and with just over a week before the tournament in Brazil kicks off, Goal takes a look at how he is shaping up ahead of this summer's finals.


It was certainly a breakthrough season for Shaw. He made 25 appearances in 2012-13 but truly came to prominence in the last campaign, impressing fans and pundits alike with his robust defensive displays and attacking intent.

For an 18-year-old he has an incredibly athletic physique, with more experienced Premier League wingers telling of the difficulty in taking him on.

Shaw spent much of his time playing on the shoulder of the opposition right-back, highlighting his will to not only get forward but stay forward whenever possible.

Ashley Cole endured a difficult season and largely found himself out of Chelsea's line-up, but Shaw's stats compare favourably in the main and go some way to backing up his inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad. He won 55% of his duels compared to Cole's 52%, made a clearance every 24 minutes compared to Cole's one every 47, and made four times as many open-play crosses.

He is not there yet, of course, but his current ability and vast potential are there for all to see. That includes Manchester United, who are negotiating a £27m transfer and are willing to make him the highest-paid teenager in world football.


Of course, Shaw has no tournament experience, and barely any international experience at all for that matter.

He has played six matches with the Under-16s, scoring once - against Uruguay at the Montaigu Tournament - and eight times for the U17s, scoring three.

His U21 debut was postponed several times due to injury, and he also missed the European Championships last summer. He finally made his bow in September last year against Moldova, and followed that up with 90 minutes against Finland four days later. His final appearance, to date, was against the same opposition in November.

Three months later he was making his senior debut at Wembley, replacing Cole at half-time against Denmark. With 45 minutes of first-class international action under his belt, he was called up as one of two left-backs for the World Cup. A meteoric rise.

Despite all that, he will be back-up to Leighton Baines unless the Everton man's calf injury sustained against Peru proves to be serious.

Hodgson has insisted that nobody is in the squad with the future in mind - they all have something to offer the team this summer.

Shaw may not see a minute of action - a tough group stage draw means there will be few luxuries afforded to the England boss - but the hope is that his development will receive a significant boost by being involved in a World Cup squad.

He missed the win over Peru with a cold but will surely be given more game time in friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras this week.

A lot can happen in football, but the hope is that Brazil 2014 is just the start of a long and successful journey for Shaw.