Luke Shaw tipped for England nod over Trippier after showing true colours vs Switzerland

Luke Shaw has been backed to start England’s Euro 2024 semi-final clash with the Netherlands by Robbie Savage. The Three Lions defender finally made his first appearance of the tournament as a late substitute against Switzerland.

Shaw suffered setbacks during his recovery from a hamstring injury that saw him miss England’s first four matches in Germany. He is now considered ready to play a part as Gareth Southgate’s side bid to qualify for successive European Championship finals.

The left-footed Kieran Trippier has faced scrutiny for his performances on the left. Former Premier League midfielder Savage wants to see Shaw play at left-back to minimise a key Dutch threat.

“I’d start Shaw on the left over Kieran Trippier because he’s got minutes under his belt now and he’s been training,” the ex-Wales international told Planet Sport Bet.

“If Shaw plays against the Netherlands he can push Denzel Dumfries back, because we know Dumfries likes to attack. I thought the 3-4-2-1 formation worked for England against Switzerland, I’d stick with that.

“It is going to be a tough test against the Netherlands but I think England will win 2-1, potentially after extra time. Even if it goes to penalties, I’d fancy England to win it because of the quality of their penalty takers.

“You can’t forget that the regular penalty taker, Harry Kane, wasn’t even on the pitch against Switzerland for the penalty shootout and England still won. Even if it went to the sixth or seventh penalty, England have great strength in depth when it comes to spot kicks.”

Shaw could start days after he was widely praised for his reaction to England’s penalty shootout win over Switzerland. While his team-mates sprinted away to celebrate Trent Alexander-Arnold’s winning spot-kick, Shaw went straight to the Swiss players to console them.

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