Luke Shaw ‘fit and ready’ to face the Netherlands in Euro 2024 semi-final

Luke Shaw says he is fit to start England’s Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands on Wednesday night.

The Manchester United left-back was brought to the European Championship as part of Gareth Southgate’s squad, despite not playing a competitive match since February due to a hamstring injury.

In turn, Shaw made his first appearance at Euro 2024 in England’s quarter-final win over Switzerland. He came off the bench in the second half but suddenly feels ready to play 90 minutes.

The 28-year-old revealed a recent setback in training meant he feared his tournament was over before it had started. Not the type of update that will please United fans, who feel Shaw is at risk by playing at Euro 2024.

“Of course, I think I am [fit and ready to play 90 minutes],” Shaw said, as quoted by BBC Sport. “That is down to Gareth’s decision. I feel fit and ready to go.”

The left-back added: “The last four months have been really tough. At the start I was expected to come back a lot sooner, but I went through a lot of setbacks.

“It was really nice to get on the other night and get some minutes – I’ve been itching.

“I think before the squad got announced, we had a plan to come back around the second or third game but, unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and I was pushed back a game or so.

“Of course, it’s tough. They were really there for me, not just Gareth and Steve [Holland, England assistant manager] but the medical staff as well. I have a lot to thank them for.”

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There is a good chance Shaw will start against the Netherlands because he is England’s only specialist left-back.

Shaw made just 15 appearances for United last season due to injuries. As our primary left-back, we need him fully fit next season.

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