Southampton legend backs England newbie for World Cup slot

Southampton hero Matt Le Tissier believes that Luke Shaw has a good chance of moving ahead of Ashley Cole to claim a spot in England’s World Cup squad.

The teenage Saints star was recently called up for the Three Lions’ upcoming friendly with Denmark, and is set make his senior international debut in the run up to the showpiece tournament.

Shaw has been a revelation for the Hampshire club over the course of the last year, with his rampaging displays having made him a key first-team player despite his age.

With Leighton Baines almost certain to make Roy Hodgson’s final selection, it is likely that there will be one more left-back slot up for grabs.

The experienced Ashley Cole is currently the favourite to occupy the last void, but Shaw is now firmly in the running.

With the Chelsea veteran no longer a Premier League regular, Le Tissier feels that Shaw has a real chance of moving ahead in the battle to make it onto the plane:

“By picking Shaw, it is a clue to how Roy Hodgson is thinking,” He is quoted by The Metro.

“I think if Cole doesn’t play regularly for Chelsea from now until the end of the season, Shaw has a great chance to make the World Cup team.

“I would definitely take Shaw instead of Cole, if the Chelsea defender isn’t playing for his club.

“I think Shaw is ready for England. He looks mature for an 18-year-old from the performances I’ve seen,

“He looks like he will be England’s full-back for many years to come. It is important to get the young lads involved early. If you are of top quality, it shouldn’t matter how old you are.”

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