Is Luke Shaw justifying Danny Rose and Aaron Cresswell's England absences?

Aaron Cresswell

The Manchester United man is in fine form, justifying his selection ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur & West Ham full-backs - and Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs.

Throughout last season, there were plenty of complaints aimed at England boss Roy Hodgson for not picking Tottenham left-back Danny Rose or West Ham United equivalent Aaron Cresswell.

Both were on form last term and Cresswell was even voted the Hammers' player of the year.

But an England place was never forthcoming - and still isn't. Questions have continued to be asked of Hodgson as a result but Saturday afternoon's 6-0 win over San Marino provided a clue as to why the absences may actually be justified.

Indeed, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw was superb against the European minnows, extending the form he has shown so far this Premier League season at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United man will face greater tests defensively but stood out going forward and his delivery in particular was excellent for the Three Lions.

Of course, there isn't really an excuse for Hodgson not picking the Tottenham or West Ham full-backs at all. Both have deserved England places more than Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs on several occasions.

Rose may well find his way into the Three Lions squad once fully fit again but he was consistently ignored last season in preference for his Arsenal counterpart. And Cresswell can certainly claim to be a victim of Hodgson's 'big-club bias.'

Right now, though, the Spurs and West Ham duo are only being stripped of a place on the England bench. For Manchester United's Shaw has that starting spot nailed down.

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