Hodgson says that Luke Shaw can be the new Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole was one of the best left backs of the modern era, and is certainly on of the Premier Leagues best ever defenders. He was also a regular in the England set up, playing 107 games in the Three Lions shirt.

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw put in two great shifts in England’s latest Euro Qualifiers, which have secured England as top of their group.

England manager Roy Hodgson has praised the young Red Devil and has said:

“He’s still only 20 and if he keeps going then he’s on track to be another Ashley Cole, a 100-cap man and I would advise him to study Ashley Cole, look at what Ashley did for England and set my sights on the same thing,”

 “I think he’s been a bit harshly treated personally. He didn’t look as if he was looking after himself too badly at Southampton and played well enough to get the £30m move. I’m not certain I want to jump on that bandwagon. But it’s nice to see him back, playing confidently and showing him the form that got him the move to Manchester United in the first place.”

 “We’ve always believed in him. I thought he played very well against Costa Rica and was pencilled in as the player who could give Leighton Baines a run for his money but he had a tough season. It must have been tough for him and his family but it might benefit him.”

 If he can keep his fitness, and his impressive form, Shaw looks set to be England’s starting left back in the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

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2 Comments

    • Despite his off the pitch life, and comments he made, Ashley Cole was a quality left back.

      If Luke Shaw keeps his fitness and keeps improving he could get as good, possibly better, than Ashley Cole.

      He also seems to have a more upstanding character than the ex-Arsenal defender.

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