Luke Shaw overcome with joy after receiving first England call-up

Luke Shaw and Southampton players

Southampton defender Luke Shaw says he is in shock after receiving his first call up from England boss Roy Hodgson for Wednesday's friendly against Denmark.

Luke Shaw has spoken of his pride and disbelief after being named in Roy Hodgson's 30-man squad to take on Denmark at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Southampton youngster, still just 18, received the call from England boss Roy Hodgson whilst at home in Southampton, before being called back to the training ground by Mauricio Pochettino, who wished to personally congratulate his player in the immediate aftermath.

Speaking to Southampton's Official YouTube Channel soon after learning of the news, Shaw said:

"I cannot actually believe that it's happened. For me to be eighteen and to get called into the senior England team is unbelievable."

Should Shaw make an appearance against Liverpool at St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday evening, he will become the fifth youngest player to hit 50 Premier League appearances, behind the likes of Cesc Fabregas.

Shaw heard from Roy Hodgson on Thursday afternoon, and will encounter the national team boss once again, as he will be in the stands to watch Shaw and a host of other internationals in action on the south coast.

Between the two clubs, Southampton and Liverpool have nine English internationals in Hodgson's latest squad.

Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert all retain their places in the squad to face Denmark.

"He said that I had been called into the senior team on merit and to just keep doing what I'm doing. I was shocked, I didn't know what to say," Shaw said.

"He's going to be at the game on Saturday so hopefully I can show him what I can do."

Shaw also revealed that Hodgson had placed him on stand-by after calling-up fellow Southampton players Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert for last month's friendlies against Chile and Germany.

But the youngster, who is only in his second full season as a professional, was keen to remain grounded and acknowledge the tireless efforts of those around him in enabling him to be the player he is today.

"I think the main reason is my family," Shaw added.

"My Mum and Dad spent a lot of years travelling down to Southampton, bringing me down here and pushing me."

"It was a lot of hard work for them to travel two hours maybe on a Monday night when I had school the next morning or they had work."

Whilst Shaw remains focused on Southampton's Premier League clash with Liverpool on Saturday evening, he admitted that he is already keen to impress Hodgson ahead of his final squad selection for the World Cup this summer.

"I just can't wait to get training and see what it's all about."

England face Denmark at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night, where Shaw will be hoping to clock up his first senior appearance for the England national team.

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