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Hodgson backed Man United's Shaw to shine at Euros

Crocked England defender Luke Shaw could have been in the team of the tournament 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.

Luke Shaw will be struggling to be fit for Euro 2016. Credit: PA

"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 - and he knows how much we care."

Hodgson pushes back England squad announcement

Roy Hodgson has postponed the announcement of his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with San Marino and Switzerland due to the number of decisions which still need to be made.

Hodgson will wait until Sunday to name his next squad. Credit: Reuters

The announcement had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon, but Hodgson will instead reveal his chosen players on August 30.

Hodgson said:

After meeting with my coaching staff today we have decided to wait until this Sunday before announcing the squad to face San Marino and Switzerland.

We have a large of number of players that still need confirming regarding availability and fitness so rather than selecting a larger squad now, we will wait for the games at the weekend before choosing around 23 players who are definitely available.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

England play in San Marino on September 5 and face Switzerland at Wembley on September 8, with both matches shown live on ITV.


Former Liverpool boss: Sterling is stronger for leaving

Raheem Sterling will emerge from the furore surrounding his transfer to Manchester City stronger for the experience, according to England boss Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson believes Sterling's big move has made him stronger. Credit: PA

The 20-year-old enraged Liverpool fans by making clear he wanted to leave Anfield after turning down a lucrative contract offer.

Hodgson believes Sterling coped mentally with any fall-out, and said:

He was playing for a club with a very strong fan base, not only in England but in other parts of the world, and unfortunately for him, I suppose, the fans locally at Liverpool took unkindly to the fact that he made it clear he wanted to move.

That is part and parcel of football really. I think if anything that will help him to mature and improve even more. I think for his age he is a remarkably strong and robust person, not just physically on the field but mentally.

And these things, if anything, will make him stronger. He has got a big price tag to carry around, but I think he is a good enough player to do so.

– England manager Roy Hodgson
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