Luke Shaw is fit and ready to play in England Under-21s crucial qualifiers against Croatia in the coming week.
The 19-year-old hobbled off against Everton sparking fresh injury worries but he has been able to overcome a dead knee problem in time to play during this international break.
Louis van Gaal has given his blessing to Gareth Southgate for Shaw to play in the qualifiers and so long as his injury worries are behind him, playing some genuinely competitive games with the U21s might in fact be a better proposition than facing San Marino with the senior team this evening.
One major plus for Shaw playing for the U21s instead is that he’ll be away from the pressure boiler environment that is the senior national team and it means he should be able to concentrate solely on his game.
Speaking on Twitter, Shaw said: “Looking forward to playing for the @england U21. We have trained hard and are ready for tomorrow’s game.”
Shaw was impressive on his full United debut against West Ham but was leggy against Everton thanks to the dead knee he suffered in the first 20 minutes. What he needs now is to regain full fitness.
His prerogative now is to play as much competitive football as possible in order to build up his match fitness ahead of the festive period which is notoriously intense thanks to the fixture pile-up.