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Man Utd's Luke Shaw Named In England Under-21 Squad

Source: thewillnigeria.com

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has been named in Gareth Southgate's England Under-21 squad to face Croatia in the Euro 2015 play-off.

Shaw, 19, played his first game of the season last Saturday, helping United defeat West Ham 2-1 at Old Trafford.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who had been tipped for a senior call-up, is also included along with Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.

England host Croatia at Wolverhampton Wanderers's Molineux on 10 October.

The return leg takes place in Croatia four days later.

Shaw has three senior caps and played in the goalless draw against Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But he has not featured for the Three Lions since and, in August, England manager Roy Hodgson said he had concerns about Shaw's fitness.

United boss Louis van Gaal publicly criticised the left-back claiming he was “not very fit” during their pre-season tour.

But he made his Red Devils debut last weekend after moving to Old Trafford for £27m in June from Southampton.

Chambers, 19, represented his country at senior level for the first time on 3 September when he appeared as an 81st-minute substitute in a 1-0 friendly win against Norway at Wembley. He has yet to appear for England Under-21s.

Gareth Southgate's Young Lions won nine out of 10 games to top their qualifying group and advance to the play-offs.

The 2015 European Under-21 Championship finals take place in Czech Republic between 17-30 June.

The group stage draw for the finals is in Prague on 6 November.

Former England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce was critical after being without several players for the ill-fated European Championship campaign in Israel in 2013.

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Sam Johnstone (Manchester United)

Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United, on loan from Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley, on loan from Manchester United), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Newcastle United), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Chelsea), Tom Carroll (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), Thomas Ince (Hull City), Alex Pritchard (Brentford, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)

Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, on loan from Chelsea), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)

BBC SPORT


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