English Premiership

Smalling, Shaw impress Roy

2015-09-10 08:52
Chris Smalling (Supplied)

London - Roy Hodgson has cited the development of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw as a major satisfaction of England's successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Smalling initially struggled to impose himself at United, but has now established himself as a first-choice centre-back, while Shaw is flourishing after an injury-scarred first season at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney stole the headlines in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Switzerland by scoring his 50th England goal, but Smalling was named man of the match and Shaw impressed with some buccaneering forays from left-back.

Hodgson joked that he had signed Smalling for "a bag of balls" during his time as Fulham manager, but added: "I'm delighted for him because he's a player who has really had to fight to get to the position that he's achieved at Manchester United today.

"I also congratulate the people who chose the man of the match. It would have been so easy to give the award to Wayne for his 50th goal or to Harry Kane coming on (and scoring), Luke Shaw for bombing up the left wing.

"We can thank Chris Smalling and his partner Gary Cahill and we owe them a debt that we won 2-0 because sometimes what was going on in front of them wasn't what we really wanted to see."

Shaw, 20, had his fitness publicly questioned by United manager Louis van Gaal after signing from Southampton in a £30 million deal last year and made only 16 Premier League appearances last season.

But having taken one of United's fitness coaches with him on holiday this year, he has made an encouraging start to the new season.

With Everton's Leighton Baines currently injured, there is an opening at left-back in the England team and Hodgson believes Shaw has the ability to make the position his own.

"That tough season, and it must have been tough for him and his family, might benefit him because he's still only 20," Hodgson told a group of reporters at Wembley.

"He must have played 10 games for England already (actually six) 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."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.