Southampton left-back Luke Shaw could be England's first-choice left-back at the 2014 World Cup finals this summer, with Roy Hodgson expected to call up the 18-year-old for next month's international friendly against Denmark.
The England manager will offer Shaw the chance to claim one of two left-back positions in the squad for Brazil, leaving Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole's international career in the balance.
Cole has lost his place to Cesar Azpilicueta in the Chelsea team this season, which has seriously jeopardised his chances of making Hodgson's final squad, while Leighton Baines is expected to make the cut after another impressive season with Everton.
Hodgson, when asked which of Southampton's talented trio - Shaw, Calum Chambers and Nathaniel Clyne - were most likely to earn a call-up for England's next fixture, told reporters: "I think of the three you have named, Shaw is the obvious one who has been playing last season and has been in the team non-stop since the start of this season.
“Clyne hasn’t played all the games and Chambers is an Under-18 international.”
As well as replacing Cole in the England squad, Shaw could also take the 33-year-old's spot in the Chelsea team next season.
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