Luke Shaw admits to ‘massive regrets’ over pulling out of England squads and ‘letting down’ Gareth Southgate

Luke Shaw has admitted he has “massive regrets” over withdrawing from past England squads amid injury struggles, saying he believes he “let down” coach Gareth Southgate.

Shaw has suffered from various injury problems during his career and said on Monday that his determination to establish himself at Manchester United arguably took priority over appearing for the national team.

The 25-year-old was called up by Southgate for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Portugal, with Sunday’s 2-0 win against the Albanians marking Shaw’s first outing for the Three Lions since September 2018.

“My family [and I] had a few discussions and thought that maybe I won’t be able to get back into it,” Shaw said when asked whether he believed he would return to the national set-up. “But deep down I always believed that I could and I worked hard, and gladly Gareth’s given me another chance. Hopefully I can just impress him and stake my claim to be in the squad.

“I had a few massive regrets; I couldn’t stop thinking of the mistakes I’d made in the past, especially with England. I pulled out of a lot of camps around that time. I was maybe not in the best sort of condition.



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