Southampton starlet ‘stunned’ by call up

An emotional Luke Shaw admitted he was ‘stunned’ to hear he had been called up to the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Denmark, reports Sky Sports.

The 18-year-old was named in Roy Hodgson’s 30-man squad as he steps up his preparations for the summer’s World Cup.

Shaw only made his Premier League debut in November 2012, but has since been a shining light for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and has been strongly linked with big money moves to Chelsea, and Manchester United.

“It’s a very proud day for me, I still cannot believe it,” Shaw told Southampton’s website.

“I’m only 18. I cannot believe it. I am really excited. It’s a massive confidence boost for me.

“Roy rang me this morning and told me I was in the senior team, and that I was there on merit. I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t know what to say.”

Shaw is the latest star to emerge from Southampton’s famous academy, which has produced the likes of England stars Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent years.

“I saw (speculation about a senior call-up) on Twitter over the past month but I tried to ignore it,” he added.

“I was always thinking I was going to be called up to the U21 squad but to get a senior one is unbelievable.”

With Ashley Cole struggling for first team football at Chelsea, Shaw has a decent chances of being selected alongside Leighton Baines for the summer’s tournament.

But when asked whether thoughts of playing in Brazil this summer had crossed his mind, Shaw said: “No, nothing.

“There is a friendly and hopefully I will get some game time and keep up the performances I have been having at Southampton and then who knows what will happen.”

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