Luke Shaw

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Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw v Cardiff.jpg
Shaw playing for Southampton in 2013
Personal information
Full name Luke Paul Hoare Shaw[1]
Date of birth (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 18)[2]
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Youth career
2003–2011 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Southampton 60 (0)
2014– Manchester United 0 (0)
National team
2011 England U16 6 (1)
2011–2012 England U17 8 (0)
2013– England U21 3 (0)
2014– England 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:00, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Luke Paul Hoare Shaw (born 12 July 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Manchester United and the England national team. He primarily plays as a left back.

Originally a member of Southampton's youth system, Shaw made his first-team début for the club in January 2012, and signed his first professional contract in May that year before becoming a regular in the Southampton team over the next two seasons. In 2014, Shaw was signed by Manchester United for £30m, a world record transfer fee for a teenager, which was previously held by Wayne Rooney, when he transferred to Manchester United in 2004.

On 5 March 2014, he made his senior international début for the England team in a 1–0 friendly win against Denmark, and later that year was selected in the squad for the FIFA World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Shaw was born in Kingston upon Thames, London,[3] and attended Rydens Enterprise School in Hersham, Surrey.[4] He grew up as a Chelsea supporter, and has claimed that he originally wanted to play for the London club.[5] As an eight-year-old Shaw played at Chelsea's development centre in Guildford, but was not offered an academy place.[6]

Club career[edit]


Luke Shaw joined the Southampton Academy at the age of eight, and became a regular in the under-18 team from the age of 15.[2] His first association with the first team came in September 2011, when he was featured as an unused substitute in a League Cup game against Preston North End,[2] assigned the squad number 34.[7] During the January 2012 transfer window, it was reported that Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City had shown interest in signing 16-year-old Shaw, with the then-Championship club reportedly valuing the defender at £4 million.[8] Southampton quickly responded to such claims though, with then-manager Nigel Adkins assuring the media that "Luke Shaw is a big part of our future plans", and claiming that the club had "no intention ... of letting any of [their] young players move on".[9]

At the age of 16, Luke Shaw made his début for the Southampton first team on 28 January 2012 in the FA Cup, replacing winger Jason Puncheon for the final 13 minutes of the third round tie against Millwall which finished 1–1.[10] Following the club's promotion to the top flight in May 2012, Shaw was one of four youth players offered a professional contract for their return to the Premier League, along with Jack Stephens, Calum Chambers, and James Ward-Prowse.[11]

2012–13 season[edit]

The defender made his first start for the Southampton first team in August 2012, playing the full 90 minutes of a 4–1 win over Stevenage in the League Cup,[2] and on 10 November he became the youngest Southampton player to start a game in the Premier League when he was chosen to play at left-back against Swansea City, completing 74 minutes of the 1–1 draw.[12]

Shaw continued to make regular appearances throughout the season, and in manager Nigel Adkins's final game as Southampton manager on 16 January 2013 he set up the second goal in a 2–2 draw away to Chelsea, providing a cross from the left wing for Jason Puncheon to convert in the 75th minute.[13] In an away game against Norwich City in March, Shaw was involved in a collision with striker Grant Holt which resulted in conceding a penalty in the first minute of injury time at the end of the game, although ultimately Artur Boruc saved the spot kick and the match ended goalless.[14] He finished his first professional season with 28 appearances for Southampton, including 25 in the Premier League.[2]

2013–14 season[edit]

Shaw playing for Southampton in 2013

On 12 July, his 18th birthday, he signed a new five-year deal with Southampton.[15][16] Shaw scored one goal during Southampton's pre-season preparations, scoring the last in an 8–0 win over Spanish side Palamós on 20 July.[17]

In the first game of the 2013–14 season, Shaw was directly involved in the goal that saw Southampton win against West Bromwich Albion when he was fouled in the penalty area by Youssouf Mulumbu in the 89th minute, with Rickie Lambert converting the resulting spot kick to see the Saints edge victory.[18]

On 18 April 2014, he was named as one of the six players on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.[19] He was also selected as left back in the PFA Team of the Year 2013-14.[20]

Manchester United[edit]

On 27 June 2014, Shaw signed a four-year contract (with an option to extend for a further year) with Manchester United, for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £30 million, becoming the most expensive teenager in world football.[21][22]

International career[edit]

Shaw's first experience of international football came in 2011, when he made six appearances for the England under-16 team.[23] He made his début against Slovenia in February, before competing in the Montaigu Tournament in April and scoring his first international goal against Uruguay at the tournament.[23] He later made his début for the under-17 team in August against Italy, and played in eight matches in a seven-month stint with the national side.[23]

In January 2013, Shaw was set to be called up for the first time to the England under-21 team for the following month's friendly against Sweden, with then-manager Stuart Pearce calling the Southampton defender "an outstanding talent".[24] Unfortunately though, due to an injury picked up in training, he was later forced to pull out of the game.[25] The uncapped defender was subsequently called up for games against Romania on 21 March,[26] Austria on 25 March,[26] and Scotland on 13 August,[27] as well as the UEFA European Under-21 Championship,[28] all of which he had to pull out of for the same reason.[29][30][31] He eventually made his England under-21 début on 5 September when the team faced Moldova in a 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match,[32] and he also played the full 90 minutes of England's second qualification game against Finland on 9 September.[33]

On 27 February 2014, Shaw was called up to the England senior side for the first time, for their friendly with Denmark.[34][35][36] He made his début in the game, replacing Ashley Cole at half-time. England won the game 1–0.[37]

On 12 May 2014, Shaw was named in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[38] He was included at the expense of the experienced Cole, who retired from internationals as a result.[39] Shaw was England's second-choice left-back behind Leighton Baines, and made his tournament début in the last group game, a 0–0 draw with Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.[40]

Style of play[edit]

As a left-sided defender (left-back) with a tendency to play attacking football, Shaw has been compared to former Southampton youth product Gareth Bale, with particular focus being placed on his speed, decision-making, and defending skills.[41] Former England international and FA Director of Football Development Trevor Brooking has described Shaw as "technically very gifted".[42]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 11 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southampton 2011–12[43] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[44] Premier League 25 0 1 0 2 0 28 0
2013–14[45] Premier League 35 0 3 0 0 0 38 0
Career total 60 0 5 0 2 0 67 0
Manchester United 2014–15[46] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 60 0 5 0 2 0 67 0


As of match played 25 June 2014.[47]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2014 3 0
Total 3 0




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