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Published 05 June 2024 5 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Luke Shaw: My Favourite England XI

Written by:

Adam Drury

The full-back reveals his ultimate Three Lions line-up, including former and current teammates 

Luke Shaw is the latest England player to take on our Favourite XI feature.

The full-back selects his ultimate England team, featuring former and current teammates as well as other Three Lions legends.

Shaw sets his team up in a 3-5-2 formation and kicks us off with the England number one from when he made his senior international debut.

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

Joe was unbelievable with me at the time I came in. I was young and he spoke to me a lot, a really nice person, and at that time he was one of the best in the world. That was a lot to do with the confidence he felt at that moment. He was really underrated. The whole of his game was perfect at that time and I liked the way he spoke, his communication, which I think is also a very important part of being a keeper. They need to be able to order people around.

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Right centre-back: Kyle Walker

He's so important for the team. His speed, his aggression, I think he's one of the best one-v-one defenders in the world. Whenever he plays you always feel secure because he's got that pace that can help the backline. He's a leader on the pitch, he talks a lot to the lads and he's got a lot more experience. He knows how to win.

Centre-back: John Terry

He was so good. He wasn't gifted with much natural pace but the way he read the game was so clever, his positioning, and he rarely got caught out. He was a massive leader in every team he played in, he was a warrior, and he always put himself on the line.

Left centre-back: Ashley Cole

Growing up, he was my idol. I always looked up to him and I always believed in his career that he was the best in his position, both defending and attacking. He was extremely good in all aspects and he will arguably go down as one of the best left-backs we've had.

Ashley Cole in action for England against Greece in 2002
Ashley Cole in action for England against Greece in 2002

Right midfield: David Beckham

He had the best delivery in world football. He was very good in that position and was so deadly with his assists. He's a massive icon for English football, probably the biggest to come out of England with everything to do with football and outside of football. 

Centre midfield: Paul Scholes

He was one of the best passers ever. Every single manager wanted Scholes in his prime. He made teams tick and he has to be in.

Centre midfield: Michael Carrick

He was probably the most underrated player I've ever seen in football. Until I joined Manchester United I didn't realise how good he was and how important he was for the team. He had everything you needed for a pivot. He was always in the right positions and defended well, interceptions. All of that he was brilliant at. The best aspect of his game was the way he placed the ball. He made everything look so simple. He was unbelievable, he had everything.

Centre midfield: Frank Lampard

Lampard in that advanced role has to be in. His goalscoring record was an absolute joke. I don't think a midfielder will catch it to be honest, he was so far ahead of so many top players. It was mad. But also he could press well, he could stay in position, he could do the ugly stuff. But it's the goals that made him what he is and they are why he has to be in.

Left midfield: Joe Cole

I sound biased because I was a Chelsea fan but he was so, so good. You need someone clever to be able to pick up spaces between the lines, fluid with their dribbling, tight ball control and to unlock the door for you. He was really good at that.

Harry Kane and Luke Shaw celebrate together during the friendly with Switzerland in March 2022

Striker: Harry Kane

This is an easy one. I could pick other people but Harry is one of the best finishers I've ever seen, he scores everything around the box. But also he picks passes and I've not seen a striker who can do both things so well. He's the best striker in the world.

Striker: Wayne Rooney

There's no way I can miss out one of the best players for England ever. He was a player England relied on and you saw when he picked up injuries how badly it affected us. His hunger, his work rate, his passing ability, his goals, he had everything.

Read Harry Kane's favourite England XI