Manchester United's Luke Shaw suffers concussion on England duty

Arnold Nichols
September 10, 2018

"Thank you for all the love and support I am doing fine and am in the best hands", a post from Shaw's Twitter account said after England's 2-1 loss in the UEFA Nations League game.

Criticised for his poor shots-to-goals-conceded ratio at the World Cup, De Gea produced a superb save to deny Rashford's header and preserve Spain's lead in the 35th minute, giving his defence the confidence to shut England out from then.

Southgate's team included the returning Luke Shaw and Joe Gomez, with both players impressing as Shaw set up Rashford's opener and Gomez looking composed throughout.

Shaw was the world's most expensive teenager when he signed for United from Southampton for a reported £27 million ($35 million) in 2014, weeks after representing England at the World Cup in Brazil.

And though backed by a packed-out Wembley and the tiresome England Band, Southgate's side were unable to restore parity.

"I believe I've been through an experience that is as pressured as you're ever going to face at any club or global team in getting through a World Cup, so I'm totally comfortable with that, and what's beyond that is to be decided". But there's a level for us to go to and that's a really good challenge for us over the next couple of years.

Having got the assist to put England 1-0 up in the first half, Shaw's return to worldwide football had started brilliantly.

But he does not appear to be rushing to commit to England beyond the next European Championship and when so much progress has been made under his leadership, that should be considered a concern.

They will make wholesale changes for the friendly against Switzerland on Tuesday, but face a doubleheader next month away to Croatia and Spain in the Nations League.

"But I've got to give the players enormous credit because it was a game where we could've folded and disappeared but we didn't".

"We knew it was going to be a hard game. I think we also have to remember his age and what he's achieved in a short period of time". "But I don't think we were under any illusions, as a coaching team".

The game would end in defeat for England, who were deservedly beaten by their technically superior opponents. We want to test ourselves against the best and certainly tonight we put up a fight.

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