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Saturday 3 December 2016

Roy Hodgson: 'Luke Shaw could have been one of the stars of the Euros'

Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg during Manchester United’s game against PSV
Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg during Manchester United’s game against PSV
While Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal hopes to have Shaw back in six months, England manager Hodgson appears to be preparing to enter the tournament in France without the highly-rated former Southampton man

Injured England defender Luke Shaw could have been one of the stars at Euro 2016, according to Roy Hodgson.

The 20-year-old Manchester United left-back suffered a double leg break in their Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven last month and has since undergone two operations.

While Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal hopes to have Shaw back in six months, England manager Hodgson appears to be preparing to enter the tournament in France without the highly-rated former Southampton man.

"We were certainly punting on him being the (England) left-back and arguably looking to be the best left-back in the tournament," he said of Shaw, who currently has six senior caps. "It is a cruel blow, particularly for him, England will survive and he will too but at that stage in your career to suffer that type of injury when you have almost had a year of not playing is heart-breaking and we feel for him."

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