Hodgson questioned ex-Saint's fitness during World Cup

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

First published in Sport

Roy Hodgson admits he had concerns about ex-Saint Luke Shaw’s fitness long before Louis van Gaal publicly criticised the teenage star for being out of shape.

United signed Shaw in a blockbuster £28million deal from Saints this summer, but the left-back soon found himself out of favour with his new club manager after he turned up to pre-season way short of fitness.

Van Gaal made Shaw train on his own in the United States, claiming the player was “not very fit” and unable to “perform” to the standards required of him.

It was a controversial move designed to spur the 19-year-old on to get back to peak physical condition.

Hodgson agrees with what Van Gaal had to say and the England manager revealed there were serious doubts about the former Southampton defender’s condition during the World Cup, where he made just one appearance.

“I must say watching him play in the matches for Southampton, he didn’t seem to have too many problems coping with the physical side of the game, but that doesn’t mean to say he can’t be fitter and if Louis thinks that he can get him fitter then I’m sure he will certainly have our approval,” Hodgson said.

“I think when he (Van Gaal) talks to (former Saints boss Mauricio) Pochettino then Pochettino will say to him: ‘what you were saying to Luke Shaw and what you’ve been saying to him, is what I was actually saying to him’.

“He (Shaw) might have had it mentioned to him a couple of times during the World Cup when we were together by people like myself and (England physio) Gary Lewin.”

Shaw had no problem with Van Gaal’s criticism and in fairness to the 19-year-old, he looked a lot sharper towards the end of the tour.

Unfortunately for him, he then sustained a hamstring injury that has prevented him from making his United debut and has also ruled him out of England’s upcoming double-header against Norway and Switzerland.

Hodgson feels Shaw will have to work hard to get himself back up to the standards required of an England and Manchester United regular.

“I think a lot of Luke’s situation is purely down to the fact that he is still young, his body is changing but I think he’s aware that the work rate which is required does mean that he’s got to work very, very hard on that aspect of his game,” said Hodgson, who handed Shaw his first England cap in March before picking him for the World Cup ahead of Ashley Cole.

“I think he’s been aware of it, Luke, and he will get fitter and stronger, not least of all because he’s still a very young man and his body has not yet reached its proper proportions for the level he wants to play at.”

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12:03am Fri 29 Aug 14

KiwiSaint74 says...

In my view the selectors didn't do their homework.
In my view the selectors didn't do their homework. KiwiSaint74
  • Score: 3

12:18am Fri 29 Aug 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

Fatty boy!
Fatty boy! Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 3

4:13am Fri 29 Aug 14

thehoggsback says...

We all know what a greedy little c*** he is lol. Who cares thanks for the money.
We all know what a greedy little c*** he is lol. Who cares thanks for the money. thehoggsback
  • Score: 5

6:34am Fri 29 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

He always seemed fit enough last season but he will be made to be fit having cost so much, however if this is a problem for him then he may have a very short career.
It may prove that did well to sell him, however I do believe that our remaining players have not looked as fit as last season which has been endorsed by Jose & JWP who have both said that the training is less intense.
He always seemed fit enough last season but he will be made to be fit having cost so much, however if this is a problem for him then he may have a very short career. It may prove that did well to sell him, however I do believe that our remaining players have not looked as fit as last season which has been endorsed by Jose & JWP who have both said that the training is less intense. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 4

9:22am Fri 29 Aug 14

TruthTellerTomIV says...

This makes me sad as a Saints supporter. He clearly fattened himself up to get a move to a real premiership side. Sadly I think we'll be playing Portsmouth in the league in 5 years.
This makes me sad as a Saints supporter. He clearly fattened himself up to get a move to a real premiership side. Sadly I think we'll be playing Portsmouth in the league in 5 years. TruthTellerTomIV
  • Score: -2

12:07pm Fri 29 Aug 14

deepheat says...

Poxytino's training methods leave a lot to be desired.
His methods puts a lot of extra unnecessary strain on young players who spend their career twisting and turning. Last season we got off to a flyer and were 3rd by Christmas. As the season went on we just couldn't maintain that level. If Poxytino was the preferred training method then every manager in the league would be copying it. I prefer the Ronald Koeman approach to training.

It is interesting to see that the best ex Saints player to leave Southampton this transfer window turns out to be Callum Chambers who wasn't a regular first team choice under Poxy.
Poxytino's training methods leave a lot to be desired. His methods puts a lot of extra unnecessary strain on young players who spend their career twisting and turning. Last season we got off to a flyer and were 3rd by Christmas. As the season went on we just couldn't maintain that level. If Poxytino was the preferred training method then every manager in the league would be copying it. I prefer the Ronald Koeman approach to training. It is interesting to see that the best ex Saints player to leave Southampton this transfer window turns out to be Callum Chambers who wasn't a regular first team choice under Poxy. deepheat
  • Score: 14

12:22pm Fri 29 Aug 14

costa gaz says...

“I think when he (Van Gaal) talks to (former Saints boss Mauricio) Pochettino then Pochettino will say to him: ‘what you were saying to Luke Shaw and what you’ve been saying to him, is what I was actually saying to him’.


You just couldn't make it up...... this is the man who failed so miserably in Brazil and gets another shot at the Euros.
“I think when he (Van Gaal) talks to (former Saints boss Mauricio) Pochettino then Pochettino will say to him: ‘what you were saying to Luke Shaw and what you’ve been saying to him, is what I was actually saying to him’. You just couldn't make it up...... this is the man who failed so miserably in Brazil and gets another shot at the Euros. costa gaz
  • Score: 0

2:44pm Fri 29 Aug 14

lowe esteem says...

costa gaz wrote:
“I think when he (Van Gaal) talks to (former Saints boss Mauricio) Pochettino then Pochettino will say to him: ‘what you were saying to Luke Shaw and what you’ve been saying to him, is what I was actually saying to him’.


You just couldn't make it up...... this is the man who failed so miserably in Brazil and gets another shot at the Euros.
you should give Roy some credit too.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: “I think when he (Van Gaal) talks to (former Saints boss Mauricio) Pochettino then Pochettino will say to him: ‘what you were saying to Luke Shaw and what you’ve been saying to him, is what I was actually saying to him’. You just couldn't make it up...... this is the man who failed so miserably in Brazil and gets another shot at the Euros.[/p][/quote]you should give Roy some credit too. lowe esteem
  • Score: 0
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