Photo: Luke Shaw training with Sam Allardyce’s England squad

by Tanveer Arayan

Luke Shaw was pictured training at St. George’s park ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier with Slovakia on Sunday.

The left-back, who was sidelined for ten months last season with a double leg fracture, has forced his way back into the England side after making a rip-roaring start for Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.

Shaw’s last England appearance dates back to England’s final group game of the 2014 World Cup – a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.

The defender will be anticipating a long-awaited return on Sunday, and was seen putting in the hard yards under new manager Sam Allardyce on Wednesday morning.

The emphatic return of Shaw has been a true high-point of the Mourinho era so far. It was feared that an injury of such severity, inflicted on someone so young, would forever impair Shaw’s immense ability.

But to the delight of Man United fans, Shaw, against all the odds, made the left back spot his own once more, dominating wingers with his unyielding energy and intelligence at the back. 21-year-old offers width, speed and security – the three fundamental aspects of a complete left-back. His emphatic start to this season, whilst delighting supporters, has also led to many wondering how different last season might have been if the Englishman was available.

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