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Published 08 July 2024 5 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Luke Shaw hungry to keep making an impact at EURO 2024

Written by:

Adam Drury

The full-back discusses his return to the pitch against Switzerland at EURO 2024 and praises England's coaching staff

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Luke Shaw opened up on his long journey back from injury as he faced the press on Monday afternoon.

The full-back returned to action for the first time since February during Saturday's EURO 2024 quarter-final victory over Switzerland.

And now he is keen on more ahead of Wednesday's semi-final against the Netherlands.

Shaw said: "The last four months have been really tough. I was expected to come back a lot sooner but I went through a lot of setbacks.

"The plan was originally to play in the second or third group game but I had a setback in training. Luckily it wasn't too bad.

"It was really nice to get on, I've been itching to get some minutes. Now I feel fit and ready to go.

"I was excited to be involved but I wasn't thinking too much. My priority was to come on and help us win that game. The last two wins have brought us together even more and build the resilience. The togetherness is even more now than it has been. Now I want another opportunity."

Shaw is grateful to the Three Lions' coaching and medical staff, who have nurtured him back into a position where he is ready to play.

The 28 year old heaped particular praise upon boss Gareth Southgate, who took charge of his 100th game as senior team boss at the weekend.

Luke Shaw returns to action at EURO 2024
Luke Shaw returns to action at EURO 2024

He said: "We as players love him. He's exactly what we need and he always puts the players first so we're able to go out on the pitch and always do our best.

"I've got a lot to thank him for because he showed a lot of faith in me when he didn't have to. Now I need to repay the faith. I think he is one of the best man-managers. It's massive and it's clear as day to me why we have such togetherness in the squad. It helps us dig deep in these games.

"The manager, Steve Holland and the medical staff have been amazing with me and I have a lot to thank them for. The motivation was to help England and to get back playing. I believed we had a good opportunity and we would get far. It was always about getting fit and helping the team as much as I can. I'm feeling really good."