Le Tiss: Shaw can edge out Cole

Daily Echo: Matt Le Tissier Matt Le Tissier

Saints legend Matt Le Tissier believes Luke Shaw should be picked ahead of Ashley Cole for the World Cup, if the Chelsea defender continues not to feature for his club.

Shaw has been handed a first senior call-up for England, ahead of next Wednesday’s friendly against Denmark.

The match, which takes place at Wembley, is the last fixture before Hodgson names his provisional squad for Brazil.

One of the biggest questions is whether 33-year-old Cole, who has 106 caps for England, will make it onto the plane, or whether Shaw will dislodge him.

With Cole struggling to make it into the Chelsea side, Le Tissier believes Shaw, 18, is the frontrunner.

Writing in a blog on Sportlobster, Le Tissier said: “By picking Shaw, it is a clue to how Roy Hodgson is thinking.

“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.”

Le Tissier added: “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.

“There was a fair bit of talk around the club, before he made his debut, about how good the boy was.

“You could see how he was going to have a successful career. He had the presence on the pitch, which you don’t often get from a kid of a young age, and he influenced matches. For a full-back, this is a remarkable trait.”

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2:34pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

I'd take Shaw, simply because he is good enough and also because it will be invaluable experience for the European tournament in 2 years time.

Cole, on the other hand, will be very fresh, but if Roy is ignoring Carroll, due to his lack of football, he must surely do the same with Cole, when the final decisions are made.
I'd take Shaw, simply because he is good enough and also because it will be invaluable experience for the European tournament in 2 years time. Cole, on the other hand, will be very fresh, but if Roy is ignoring Carroll, due to his lack of football, he must surely do the same with Cole, when the final decisions are made. Costa Baz

3:06pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Alicesdad says...

Hurrah for ....... hang on this is just quoting the bl**ding obvious ...
Hurrah for ....... hang on this is just quoting the bl**ding obvious ... Alicesdad

6:50pm Fri 28 Feb 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Costa Baz wrote:
I'd take Shaw, simply because he is good enough and also because it will be invaluable experience for the European tournament in 2 years time.

Cole, on the other hand, will be very fresh, but if Roy is ignoring Carroll, due to his lack of football, he must surely do the same with Cole, when the final decisions are made.
that would also mean lumpard wouldn't be on the plain either, but roy has a problem when it comes to these older players. the media love them and would go mad if the players, who have consistently failed in tournament after tournament, were dropped for younger and mostly better players.
however all those players will be picked to give them their last hurrah in an England shirt. shame really because its a great opportunity to give the players who will replace them a taste of major tournaments.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: I'd take Shaw, simply because he is good enough and also because it will be invaluable experience for the European tournament in 2 years time. Cole, on the other hand, will be very fresh, but if Roy is ignoring Carroll, due to his lack of football, he must surely do the same with Cole, when the final decisions are made.[/p][/quote]that would also mean lumpard wouldn't be on the plain either, but roy has a problem when it comes to these older players. the media love them and would go mad if the players, who have consistently failed in tournament after tournament, were dropped for younger and mostly better players. however all those players will be picked to give them their last hurrah in an England shirt. shame really because its a great opportunity to give the players who will replace them a taste of major tournaments. el caballo santos101

9:31am Sun 2 Mar 14

Blackwaterblue says...

I agree with Le Tiss. Mind you, who will he be playing for after the World Cup?
I agree with Le Tiss. Mind you, who will he be playing for after the World Cup? Blackwaterblue

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