No England rift with Manchester United over Shaw - Hodgson

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The Red Devils left-back had been expected to be called up for the Under-21s European Championship but the senior manager is satisfied that he is not fit to play

England manager Roy Hodgson insists that there is no rift between the Three Lions and Manchester United after Luke Shaw was left out of the national squad for the Under-21 European Championship.

United had voiced concerns about the left-back heading to the tournament in the Czech Republic, which starts in June, but Young Lions boss Gareth Southgate was expected to select the former Southampton man.

However, Shaw - who missed his side's 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday due to fears that he had sustained concussion against Crystal Palace a week earlier - was not named in an initial 27-man squad.

But Hodgson is adamant that there was no argument between the Football Association and United's coaching staff over the issue.

"Gareth Southgate has had lengthy discussions with the club and they have made it clear to him that, at this moment in time, Luke is not in a medical or physical state to play, so he has been left out," the senior manager told reporters

"I am not happy because I love Luke Shaw and think he is a very fine player, as do Manchester United, so we were hoping he would be fit and raring to go.

"I would have been disappointed if he was not in my [senior] squad but, if he was in Gareth's squad, I would have wished him all the best.

"I am very disappointed he can't make it but hopefully he will come back stronger for the new season and we will get the benefit from him from August."

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