Luke Shaw reveals whether he could start England's Euro 2024 semi-final

  • Shaw made return from calf injury in England's win over Switzerland
  • Man Utd left-back had missed five months through injury
  • England face Netherlands in Euro 2024 semi-final on Wednesday
Shaw is back in action
Shaw is back in action / Richard Pelham/GettyImages

Luke Shaw has insisted he is fit enough to play 90 minutes for England in their Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands on Wednesday.

The Manchester United left-back returned from a five-month absence during the tense quarter-final victory over Switzerland, entering the game in the 78th minute and playing through extra time.

As the only natural left-sided defender in the squad, Shaw's comfort out on the wing made a clear impact on England's performance and many fans have now called on manager Gareth Southgate to start Shaw on Wednesday.

Asked whether 90 minutes is a possibility for him, Shaw told the media: "Yeah, of course. I think I am [fully fit]. But obviously that's solely down to Gareth's decision on what he does, but how I feel, I feel fit and ready to go."

Shaw continued: "The last four months have been really tough. I think obviously, at the start I was expected to come back a lot sooner but, you know, I went through quite a few setbacks, to be honest. But I'm here now and it was really nice to get on the other night.

"I've been itching to get some minutes. It's been a long while but really pleased that I was able to get on the pitch and get some minutes, and of course, now hopefully get some more in the next game."

Luke Shaw, Xherdan Shaqir
Shaw made his return against Switzerland / Anadolu/GettyImages

Shaw went on to admit that a minor setback in training earlier this summer left him fearing he would miss the entirety of Euro 2024.

"I worked so hard to get to that place where I was at and then for something like that to happen, I was of course worried," the United defender continued.

"But I had a scan and it wasn't too bad so it was only a minor one. I knew there was still an opportunity to come back and play later on in the tournament. It was just in training. I actually overstretched to be honest. It was only minor and I'm here now."