£28m man Luke Shaw receives rare start for England, did he impress?

Luke Shaw

England delivered a comfortable 3-1 victory over Scotland at Celtic Park last night and Manchester United's Luke Shaw started at left-back.

There is much debate regarding the successor to Ashley Cole in Roy Hodgson's team. With Everton's Leighton Baines, Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and Manchester United's Luke Shaw at his disposal, the former Fulham head coach has a real selection headache on his hands. 

After missing out to Gibbs against Slovenia, Shaw was given the nod against Scotland and he gave an assured performance. Despite spending the most part of his involvement battling with himself - he picked up a couple of knocks during the game - he looked well polished defensively, and offered a real threat going forward.

Shaw showed pace and ambition in his exploits down the left flank, it was just his end product that was lacking. According to statistics from WhoScored.com, the 19-year-old failed to record a single key pass or even a shot at goal, while he completed just one dribble and played one cross. 

  TeamPassesPass Acc (%)CrossesKey PassesDribblesTacklesInterceptionsBlocksMins
Luke Shaw England 31 83.9 1 0 1 1 1 0 90

Gordon Strachan's men were restricted to two shots on target, with Andrew Robertson's goal coming long after Shaw's departure. In a defensive capacity the teenager responded well to the opposition's advances, making one tackle and two interceptions, while he had little trouble dealing with Wigan's Shaun Maloney.

Shaw recorded a pass completion rate of 84%, and while there's plenty of room for improvement, he actually only misplaced five of his passes. He did the basics well, and had he spent longer on the field, it's likely the statistics would have been more complimentary. 

Nonetheless, he looked in some discomfort as he made way shortly after half-time and later diagnosis suggested he suffered a hamstring pull, which could see him miss United's clash with Arsenal on Saturday. This will leave Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal sweating, as the Dutchman attempts to get the best out of a team plagued with injuries. 

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