Former England player and manager is the latest pundit to sing the praises of Luke Shaw after his display against Ukraine last week. The 25-year-old was credited with two assists in the 4-0 win and is now tipped as one of the candidates for player of the tournament.
Glenn Hoddle, who managed England for three years, has praised Shaw after his performances but has also suggested that the former Southampton defender needed Jose Mourinho’s tough love to improve.
“He’s been excellent and he had a bit of pressure on him because [Ben] Chilwell has just won the Champions League and had a great season – and we haven’t seen him yet. That’s how well Shaw has played,” Hoddle told Betfair.
“I think he’s maturing. I think I knew from what I’ve heard, what Jose was on about, he was right. “I think the kid needed a kick up the backside, he needed Jose’s experience, what he’s seen, the people he’s worked with, the professionals he’s worked with, the examples that he’s seen. This kid, at the time, didn’t have that.
“It looks like the penny has dropped now and look how he’s playing. He will look back and probably in a strange sort of way thank Mourinho. Maybe it shouldn’t have been public, but I heard he needed to become more professional.”
Shaw’s estranged relationship with Mourinho is well documented, with the Portuguese manager ridiculing Shaw publicly on numerous occasions. The pair’s rift in front of the cameras was often one-sided as Shaw rarely retaliated. But Stretty News understands that Mourinho’s criticism of Shaw was far more volatile in private.
Mourinho was sacked in 2018 by Manchester United and since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, the full-back has flourished from strength to strength and is now widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world.