Luke Shaw reveals he enjoys 'feeling wanted' while on England duty

Sean Walsh
Shaw scored again for England on Saturday
Shaw scored again for England on Saturday / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Luke Shaw has revealed that he loves 'feeling wanted' while on international duty with England, though attempted to downplay this as a criticism of his treatment at Manchester United.

The left-back scored the Three Lions' equaliser in an eventual 2-1 win over Switzerland on Saturday evening at Wembley, smashing home from a similar spot to where he scored the opener in the Euro 2020 final.

When quizzed post-game about his involvement in Gareth Southgate's squad, Shaw insisted he doesn't necessarily not feel wanted at club side United, but that there's a noticeable difference with how he's perceived in the national setup.

"It's always important to feel like you're wanted and I think especially here with England, I always feel that," Shaw said. "I'm not saying I don't at Manchester United, but here [with England], the way things are, I feel wanted and I enjoy my football."

Shaw's 2020/21 season was arguably the best of his career, earning a spot in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year before playing a crucial role in England's run to the Euro 2020 final, even scoring in the showpiece event at Wembley.

However, Shaw has been unable to carry that form into this campaign and has endured longer spells on the Manchester United bench, with Alex Telles emerging as Ralf Rangnick's preferred choice at left-back in recent weeks.