Michael Gray believes Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is a certainty to start for England at this summer’s European Championships following his performances this season.
Shaw has been recalled into the England squad for this month’s fixtures against San Marino, Albania and Poland, with the full-back having been a star performer for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this season.
The 25-year-old has created more chances than any other defender in the Premier League this season and is in contention to start against San Marino this evening, the left-back keen to reignite his international career after winning just eight caps since making his debut as a teenager in 2014.
Shaw has featured for just 60 minutes across two fixtures during Gareth Southgate’s four-and-a-half year reign, though former England international Gray believes the defender’s performances this season should ensure his inclusion in the starting side.
Gray believes Shaw has developed into the ‘complete full-back’ and believes the Red Devils’ defender should be an ‘absolute cert’ to start for England at this summer’s European Championships.
“I think Luke Shaw is an absolute cert to start the games, he’s been sensational this season.” Gray exclusively told The Football Faithful.
“He’s had his injury problems, he’s been written off, I don’t think he showed us his best form under Jose Mourinho and he wasn’t able to express himself the way Luke Shaw wanted.
“The football that he plays in that final third, he’s been a revelation this season for Manchester United and certainly, in my eyes, along with Bruno Fernandes probably their player of the season.
“(Ben) Chilwell has dropped off a little bit. I know Thomas Tuchel has come in at Chelsea and he hasn’t had too many opportunities, but yeah he (Shaw) never lets anyone down he’s a complete full-back.
“He can defend, he likes defending and he’s certainly got that quality when he goes into the opposition third.”