Luke Shaw has looked like he has never been away from the game since returning from his double leg break at the start of this season.
His form for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United has been nothing short of exceptional, considering he barely kicked a ball between last September and May.
So good have been his performances, he has earned a place in Sam Allardyce's first England squad as they take on Slovakia this weekend.
Shaw still kept a very close eye on what was happening on the pitch during the period he was forced off it last season and ahead of his return to the international stage, has opened up about his comeback.
As quoted by The Telegraph, the Man United defender believes his current closest competitor for a starting spot in Allardyce's team was in fact the best in their position for the 2015/16 campaign.
“There have been a lot of good left-backs who have emerged over the last year, and now especially Danny Rose who was the best left-back last season for me,” Shaw said.
“The challenge for me is good. I want to be playing with the best, and fighting for a position against the best players. That’s only going to push us both, and those who haven’t been picked.”
Despite his praise for Tottenham's Rose, Shaw hailed Brazilian Marcelo as the best left-back in the world and also revealed his initial plan to return to action before the European Championships in France earlier this summer.
Hector Moreno's tackle in the Red Devils' Champions League tie at PSV Eindhoven caused Shaw to miss the rest of the season but he admitted he still had dreams of playing at Euro 2016.
He added: “During the time I did think I’d be back for the Euros but when it was coming around I felt it was best for me not to rush it.
“I really wanted to go and I was trying everything to get back fit but that’s gone now.
“And it was the best thing for me to not to go. That’s the best decision I could have made.”
Indeed, Shaw has been proven right and he has already become one of the first names on Mourinho's teamsheet at Old Trafford.
The 21-year-old now has the opportunity to nail down a place in the England starting XI and at the start of a new era under Allardyce, what better time to do it?