Luke Shaw is the latest player to sing the praises of Jadon Sancho after the 21-year-old starred in England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine. Shaw was also a standout performer in the tie but eyes were on Manchester United’s new £73m signing as the winger made his first start of the tournament.
Sancho, who is set to join Manchester United subject to personal terms and medicals (as per ManUtd.com), was a surprise inclusion in the team, having been limited to only six minutes of action prior to the game against Ukraine.
But the former Manchester City player had been in fine form for Borussia Dortmund ahead of the tournament and picked up where he left off as England booked their place in Wednesday’s semi-final against Denmark.
“Brilliant. I said to him after the game ‘that’s a big performance’,” Shaw told talkSPORT when quizzed on Sancho’s performance.
“He hasn’t had too much game time, he’s obviously been, not disappointed but wanting to play like everyone else. He’s kept his head down, he’s kept working hard and I feel like tonight he took his chance.
“He showed people why we’re buying him and of course, even though I was on the pitch, I was really impressed with his performance. I’m obviously looking forward to him becoming a Manchester United player and I will keep getting on to him to keep those high standards up.
“Today I was really happy and proud of his performance.”
Harry Maguire was also a key figure in the breathtaking 4-0 win (England’s biggest margin in a knockout game since 1966), scoring England’s second goal. The Three Lions also kept their fifth clean sheet from as many games, the only team to do so in the tournament.