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Hodgson: Shaw can become next Cole

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 10 Sep 2015

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England manager Roy Hodgson believes Luke Shaw can become another Ashley Cole and earn over 100 international caps after making a strong start to the season.

Shaw’s first season at Old Trafford was curtailed by injury and fitness issues but the left-back is beginning to justify his £31million price tag, as he has been among Manchester United’s best players in their opening four Premier League matches.

The 20-year-old carried over his form onto the international stage, with an outstanding performance in his sixth national appearance as England emerged 2-0 winners over Switzerland in Euro 2016 qualifying on Tuesday.

And Hodgson has backed Shaw to follow in the footsteps of former international Cole, who earned 107 caps – the fifth-highest tally in England history alongside captain Wayne Rooney.

“We’ve always believed in him [Shaw],” Hodgson said. “He played in the last game in the World Cup against Costa Rica and I thought he played very well, bearing in mind that was his first [tournament] game.

“After that, he was pencilled in as the player who could give Leighton Baines a run for his money but he had a tough season and I think one thing will undoubtedly be proven true. That tough season – and it must have been tough for him and his family – might benefit him in the long run.

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

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