Mauricio Pochettino says Southampton's Luke Shaw deserves his England place and now has a "great chance" of making World Cup

Luke Shaw

Mauricio Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino says Luke Shaw deserves his first international call-up – and he believes all four of Saints’ England stars now have a “great chance” of making the World Cup.

Teenage left-back Shaw was yesterday selected by Roy Hodgson, ahead of next Wednesday’s Wembley friendly against Denmark.

The 18-year-old is joined in the senior squad by teammates Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, who have all made their England debuts this term.

Pochettino believes his young defender, as well as the more experienced trio, all richly deserve their place.

“I think so. I think all the players that have been called up to the English national side fully deserve it,” he said.

“It’s clear that Roy Hodgson and his team are assessing every single potential English player that could go to the national side.

“It’s all fully deserved for every single player that’s been called-up, and credit to them as well for actually getting those call-ups.”

Wednesday’s match represents the final friendly before Hodgson names his provisional squad for Brazil.

With the World Cup now very much on the horizon, Pochettino believes Shaw, Lambert, Lallana and Rodriguez all have a wonderful opportunity to earn a spot in the tournament this summer.

“It’s clear that, for any player, it’s a massive boost to get called up to the English national side – to any national side – especially looking at the fact that there’s such a short time before the World Cup, which is really soon,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for them and it gives them a great chance to actually be on that plane to Brazil.”

If Shaw is to make it to Brazil, he will likely have to displace one of Leighton Baines or, perhaps more likely, Chelsea’s out-of-favour full-back Ashley Cole.

Pochettino believes that his player can offer Hodgson a lot of qualities.

“It’s clear that Luke Shaw is younger than the two players that you mention, and that youth transmits good energy to the team,” he said.

“That’s a very good, positive thing for the team.

“It’s a player that is well known, we all know of his quality and it’s clear that if Roy Hodgson has picked him it’s because he feels that he can do well with the English national side, and that he can also complement well Baines and Ashley Cole in that position.

“Overall, it’s a positive thing for him and for the English national side.”

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11:50am Fri 28 Feb 14

Outside of the Box says...

Here's hoping Luke can get a game against Denmark, show Roy what he can do and board the plane along with our other 3 players.

Who would have thought Saints would have 4 players in with a shout of Brazil 2014, when we were in League 1 playing Hartlepool away on cold Tuesday in February 3 or 4 years ago?
Here's hoping Luke can get a game against Denmark, show Roy what he can do and board the plane along with our other 3 players. Who would have thought Saints would have 4 players in with a shout of Brazil 2014, when we were in League 1 playing Hartlepool away on cold Tuesday in February 3 or 4 years ago? Outside of the Box
  • Score: 13

12:37pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Confucious says...

The first match against Italy will be a real battle. Given the possible Italian line-up I reckon one of our Saints lads could be in for a black eye.
The first match against Italy will be a real battle. Given the possible Italian line-up I reckon one of our Saints lads could be in for a black eye. Confucious
  • Score: 9

12:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

DisplacedFan says...

Confucious wrote:
The first match against Italy will be a real battle. Given the possible Italian line-up I reckon one of our Saints lads could be in for a black eye.
I think we'd take the offensive here, Confucious. If Dani plays, it will not be lost on our team given the overwhelming percentage of Saints players likely to make the squad. Here's hoping petulance and immaturity are richly rewarded and karma is again evident.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: The first match against Italy will be a real battle. Given the possible Italian line-up I reckon one of our Saints lads could be in for a black eye.[/p][/quote]I think we'd take the offensive here, Confucious. If Dani plays, it will not be lost on our team given the overwhelming percentage of Saints players likely to make the squad. Here's hoping petulance and immaturity are richly rewarded and karma is again evident. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 5

1:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

PompeySaves says...

GIVE HIM A HANKY!!!
GIVE HIM A HANKY!!! PompeySaves
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Fri 28 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

PompeySaves wrote:
GIVE HIM A HANKY!!!
Snot funny.
[quote][p][bold]PompeySaves[/bold] wrote: GIVE HIM A HANKY!!![/p][/quote]Snot funny. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -5

1:48pm Fri 28 Feb 14

PompeySaves says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
PompeySaves wrote: GIVE HIM A HANKY!!!
Snot funny.
VERY GOOD OSPREYSAINT
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PompeySaves[/bold] wrote: GIVE HIM A HANKY!!![/p][/quote]Snot funny.[/p][/quote]VERY GOOD OSPREYSAINT PompeySaves
  • Score: 3

1:59pm Fri 28 Feb 14

mikesugar says...

very proud time for Southampton not only the 4 in the Senior Team but the call ups for the kids. We do have the best Academy in the World at the moment long let it continue. We can go on to be one of the best clubs in Europe and probably in the World. Amazing times and I am proud to be a Saints fan and have been for 55 years. COYS!!!!!!!!!! My uncle Reg Kearslake was in the youth team with Terry P but my Grandad wouldn't let him sign made him go get an apprenticeship. He played and coached his local team in Milbrook for years.
very proud time for Southampton not only the 4 in the Senior Team but the call ups for the kids. We do have the best Academy in the World at the moment long let it continue. We can go on to be one of the best clubs in Europe and probably in the World. Amazing times and I am proud to be a Saints fan and have been for 55 years. COYS!!!!!!!!!! My uncle Reg Kearslake was in the youth team with Terry P but my Grandad wouldn't let him sign made him go get an apprenticeship. He played and coached his local team in Milbrook for years. mikesugar
  • Score: 4

2:02pm Fri 28 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Someone said we are Liverpools bogey team, is this a tissue of lies?
Someone said we are Liverpools bogey team, is this a tissue of lies? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -9

2:58pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Alicesdad says...

Hurrah !! Three cheers for Luke !!
Hurrah !! Three cheers for Luke !! Alicesdad
  • Score: 2

3:31pm Fri 28 Feb 14

killared says...

@mikesugar

I really like your comment but the best academy in the world nope ! I understand you are excited and please for Shaw but no we do not have the best academy in the world ! The best academy in the England yes for sure but certainly not in the world a team like Hajduk Split has a better football academy than us and they are in Croatia and I bet you never heard of them !. The reason why we do not have the best football academy it's because of the FA and their old Chairman who still believe that we are in 1950. I'd say get rid of these old git and replace them with Saint management because England are just awful in international level maybe our people could do better than these old goats !!
@mikesugar I really like your comment but the best academy in the world nope ! I understand you are excited and please for Shaw but no we do not have the best academy in the world ! The best academy in the England yes for sure but certainly not in the world a team like Hajduk Split has a better football academy than us and they are in Croatia and I bet you never heard of them !. The reason why we do not have the best football academy it's because of the FA and their old Chairman who still believe that we are in 1950. I'd say get rid of these old git and replace them with Saint management because England are just awful in international level maybe our people could do better than these old goats !! killared
  • Score: -1

6:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

redandy10 says...

CONGRATULATIONS LUKE!
NEXT SAINT TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND SHOULD BE CLYNE!!!!! VERY UNDERRATED

COYR!
CONGRATULATIONS LUKE! NEXT SAINT TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND SHOULD BE CLYNE!!!!! VERY UNDERRATED COYR! redandy10
  • Score: 11

6:39pm Fri 28 Feb 14

george chivers says...

Let's hope our club is up to managing next season's pre-season with up to eight players coming back late from Brazil. Well 6 if Osvaldo and Ramirez transfer out. But they will still have to be replaced, as will 3 or 4 others.

We are going to need some smart management in the summer to ensure we have a decent squad to start next season. Lots of goings and comings I suspect. Especially if our England players do well, we could easily lose Shaw and Lallana and have to fend off bids for SRL, Clyne and Jayrod. A bit worrying, I fear big changes are likely, a mini team rebuild is on the cards. The price of success.

Lets stuff Liverpool tomorrow. COYR STID
Let's hope our club is up to managing next season's pre-season with up to eight players coming back late from Brazil. Well 6 if Osvaldo and Ramirez transfer out. But they will still have to be replaced, as will 3 or 4 others. We are going to need some smart management in the summer to ensure we have a decent squad to start next season. Lots of goings and comings I suspect. Especially if our England players do well, we could easily lose Shaw and Lallana and have to fend off bids for SRL, Clyne and Jayrod. A bit worrying, I fear big changes are likely, a mini team rebuild is on the cards. The price of success. Lets stuff Liverpool tomorrow. COYR STID george chivers
  • Score: 3

10:09pm Fri 28 Feb 14

slugger says...

george chivers wrote:
Let's hope our club is up to managing next season's pre-season with up to eight players coming back late from Brazil. Well 6 if Osvaldo and Ramirez transfer out. But they will still have to be replaced, as will 3 or 4 others.

We are going to need some smart management in the summer to ensure we have a decent squad to start next season. Lots of goings and comings I suspect. Especially if our England players do well, we could easily lose Shaw and Lallana and have to fend off bids for SRL, Clyne and Jayrod. A bit worrying, I fear big changes are likely, a mini team rebuild is on the cards. The price of success.

Lets stuff Liverpool tomorrow. COYR STID
Is your glass ever half full ?
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: Let's hope our club is up to managing next season's pre-season with up to eight players coming back late from Brazil. Well 6 if Osvaldo and Ramirez transfer out. But they will still have to be replaced, as will 3 or 4 others. We are going to need some smart management in the summer to ensure we have a decent squad to start next season. Lots of goings and comings I suspect. Especially if our England players do well, we could easily lose Shaw and Lallana and have to fend off bids for SRL, Clyne and Jayrod. A bit worrying, I fear big changes are likely, a mini team rebuild is on the cards. The price of success. Lets stuff Liverpool tomorrow. COYR STID[/p][/quote]Is your glass ever half full ? slugger
  • Score: -5

10:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Velleity says...

slugger wrote:
george chivers wrote:
Let's hope our club is up to managing next season's pre-season with up to eight players coming back late from Brazil. Well 6 if Osvaldo and Ramirez transfer out. But they will still have to be replaced, as will 3 or 4 others.

We are going to need some smart management in the summer to ensure we have a decent squad to start next season. Lots of goings and comings I suspect. Especially if our England players do well, we could easily lose Shaw and Lallana and have to fend off bids for SRL, Clyne and Jayrod. A bit worrying, I fear big changes are likely, a mini team rebuild is on the cards. The price of success.

Lets stuff Liverpool tomorrow. COYR STID
Is your glass ever half full ?
I try never to think of a glass being either half full or half empty. I prefer to think of the glass as being the wrong size for the amount of liquid it's being used to hold.

I think George's glass looks like a pint glass being used to hold a measure of vodka. Or something. Either way, he'd be happier if he drank the glass. Who cares?
[quote][p][bold]slugger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: Let's hope our club is up to managing next season's pre-season with up to eight players coming back late from Brazil. Well 6 if Osvaldo and Ramirez transfer out. But they will still have to be replaced, as will 3 or 4 others. We are going to need some smart management in the summer to ensure we have a decent squad to start next season. Lots of goings and comings I suspect. Especially if our England players do well, we could easily lose Shaw and Lallana and have to fend off bids for SRL, Clyne and Jayrod. A bit worrying, I fear big changes are likely, a mini team rebuild is on the cards. The price of success. Lets stuff Liverpool tomorrow. COYR STID[/p][/quote]Is your glass ever half full ?[/p][/quote]I try never to think of a glass being either half full or half empty. I prefer to think of the glass as being the wrong size for the amount of liquid it's being used to hold. I think George's glass looks like a pint glass being used to hold a measure of vodka. Or something. Either way, he'd be happier if he drank the glass. Who cares? Velleity
  • Score: -2

10:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

David Crook says...

Well done Luke Shaw,and now for Clyne,who is a better player,and must play against Liverpool to-morrow,we need energy on the right and Clyne will give us that,2-0 to Saints if Clyne plays.
Well done Luke Shaw,and now for Clyne,who is a better player,and must play against Liverpool to-morrow,we need energy on the right and Clyne will give us that,2-0 to Saints if Clyne plays. David Crook
  • Score: 5

10:53pm Fri 28 Feb 14

el caballo santos101 says...

slugger wrote:
george chivers wrote:
Let's hope our club is up to managing next season's pre-season with up to eight players coming back late from Brazil. Well 6 if Osvaldo and Ramirez transfer out. But they will still have to be replaced, as will 3 or 4 others.

We are going to need some smart management in the summer to ensure we have a decent squad to start next season. Lots of goings and comings I suspect. Especially if our England players do well, we could easily lose Shaw and Lallana and have to fend off bids for SRL, Clyne and Jayrod. A bit worrying, I fear big changes are likely, a mini team rebuild is on the cards. The price of success.

Lets stuff Liverpool tomorrow. COYR STID
Is your glass ever half full ?
is it just our players who are coming back late from brazil? have other clubs done deals to bring their players back before the cup ends?
Osvaldo will go, but he`s gone already so that's not going to affect much is it? why is gaston going? lots of goings and comings? we haven't done that in any other window so why this one?
why could e `easily` lose shaw and lalla? both under long contracts so it will need huge offers if clubs want them, and theirs no reason to believe we will sell anyway. bids for SRL, Clyne and J-rod? whos going to bid for them? does it mater who bids as we don't have to or want to sell, we didn't sell cork when we got a bid for him!
why are you fearing big changes? we have had lots of `big changes` over the last few years, going into admin, double relegations, being brought by a billionaire who then sadly dies way too young, going from L1 to the prem in 2 years, sacking managers and losing NC but we are still going strong.
a mini team rebuild? we have been building the team for a few years so a few faces will always change, that's football. its nothing to fear or worry about.
[quote][p][bold]slugger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: Let's hope our club is up to managing next season's pre-season with up to eight players coming back late from Brazil. Well 6 if Osvaldo and Ramirez transfer out. But they will still have to be replaced, as will 3 or 4 others. We are going to need some smart management in the summer to ensure we have a decent squad to start next season. Lots of goings and comings I suspect. Especially if our England players do well, we could easily lose Shaw and Lallana and have to fend off bids for SRL, Clyne and Jayrod. A bit worrying, I fear big changes are likely, a mini team rebuild is on the cards. The price of success. Lets stuff Liverpool tomorrow. COYR STID[/p][/quote]Is your glass ever half full ?[/p][/quote]is it just our players who are coming back late from brazil? have other clubs done deals to bring their players back before the cup ends? Osvaldo will go, but he`s gone already so that's not going to affect much is it? why is gaston going? lots of goings and comings? we haven't done that in any other window so why this one? why could e `easily` lose shaw and lalla? both under long contracts so it will need huge offers if clubs want them, and theirs no reason to believe we will sell anyway. bids for SRL, Clyne and J-rod? whos going to bid for them? does it mater who bids as we don't have to or want to sell, we didn't sell cork when we got a bid for him! why are you fearing big changes? we have had lots of `big changes` over the last few years, going into admin, double relegations, being brought by a billionaire who then sadly dies way too young, going from L1 to the prem in 2 years, sacking managers and losing NC but we are still going strong. a mini team rebuild? we have been building the team for a few years so a few faces will always change, that's football. its nothing to fear or worry about. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

7:39am Sat 1 Mar 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

It's a great time to be a Saint. The best since the 80's. With our experiences of the last few decades it is difficult not to worry that this or that might happen. But match days always give here and now focus. Today will be tough but we've shown we can rise to these games. City was one of the best games I've ever seen.
It's a great time to be a Saint. The best since the 80's. With our experiences of the last few decades it is difficult not to worry that this or that might happen. But match days always give here and now focus. Today will be tough but we've shown we can rise to these games. City was one of the best games I've ever seen. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 0

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