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Roy Hodgson backs Luke Shaw to reach the top

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Luke Shaw (©GettyImages)
Luke Shaw (©GettyImages).

England manager Roy Hodgson is confident that new Manchester United signing Luke Shaw will go on to become a top class player.

United shelled out over £30 million for the 18-year-old left back after the youngster was selected as part of Hodgson’s World Cup squad over the experienced Ashley Cole.

And Hodgson believes Shaw, who came through the famous Southampton youth academy, will prove his worth in the years to come.

"I really do think Luke has got tremendous quality. I think that he's really an Ashley Cole in the making," Hodgson told the fa.com.

"I think the experience will do him good and also I think he will be a very useful player for us in games where we can use that enormous power he has going forward.

"We agonised over those positions, especially in the case of Luke because it involved Ashley Cole who all of us love to bits and think is a great footballer."

Shaw started England’s third and final group game against Costa Rica to win his third cap for the Three Lions, but Hodgson’s team were already out due to narrow losses against Italy and Uruguay and could only manage a 0-0 draw to return home with just a single point.

However, Shaw impressed for the Saints last season, featuring in 35 Premier League games and drawing comparisons to former Southampton youth product Gareth Bale.

New Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, currently still leading the Netherlands at the World Cup, was impressed enough with Shaw to give the green light to sign him as the Red Devil’s second summer capture after securing midfielder Ander Herrera earlier in the month.

After his World Cup selection over Ashley Cole and multi-million pound transfer Luke Shaw has a lot of expectation on his shoulders, but the England boss has a lot of faith in the youngster who has plenty of time to prove himself.

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