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Shaw reveals ‘massive regrets’ over England pull-outs after return

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uke Shaw has revealed he has been plagued by “massive regrets” over his England career for the past two years.

Shaw made his first England appearance since a defeat by Spain in September 2018 in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Albania, setting up Harry Kane‘s opening goal in an impressive display.

After facing Spain, the Manchester United left-back withdrew from two of the next three squads through injury and was not picked by England manager Gareth Southgate between March 2019 and this month.

“I’ve a few massive regrets and I couldn’t stop thinking of the mistakes that I made in the past, especially with England,” Shaw said.

“I pulled out of a lot of camps. Around that time, I was maybe not in the best condition but I think over the last two years I’ve thought about it so much – that was my biggest regret.

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“And, of course, letting Gareth down. I tried to keep in touch with him just to let him know that things had changed. He’s said he’s picked me on merit and how I’ve been performing.

“The past is the past and hopefully we’ve forgotten about that now and can just focus on the future and I want to keep impressing him.

“The last time I played was [against] Spain. Of course, I wasn’t playing for my club much then and it showed that he [Southgate] still very much trusted me because he played me in that massive game.

“In the camps after, my biggest regrets were just pulling out [and] how I pulled out. Maybe at the time, mentally I wasn’t right. Like I said, I massively regretted it.


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