Frank Lampard says Luke Shaw doesn't know who Tony Adams is

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Manchester United youngster Luke Shaw doesn’t know who Arsenal legend Tony Adams is, according to Frank Lampard.

Speaking to The Sun, the Chelsea legend described the moment he decided it was time for him to retire from international football was during a conversation with Shaw, who became the world’s most expensive teenager when he made his £28million move to Old Trafford from Premier League rivals Southampton.


Lampard, who is currently on loan at Manchester City, was talking to the 19-year-old left-back during England’s doomed World Cup campaign and the former Arsenal captain came up in the conversation.

“I was having a chat with Luke Shaw and I mentioned Tony Adams and he didn’t seem to know who I was talking about,” he said.

Time was right

“I said: ‘Are you winding me up?’ And he said: ‘Who did he play for?’ I knew then it was time to retire.”

Although he retired more than ten years ago, Adams’ nickname was ‘Mr Arsenal’ and he spent his entire career at the north London club, winning four league titles, two of which were doubles.

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A well-known player

Adams was also England captain and one of the most high-profile footballers in the country through the 90s and early 00s, so the new Manchester United star not having an idea about who he is is somewhat strange.

Lampard is unlikely to suffer similarly as he left Chelsea this summer as one of the club’s greatest ever players and retired from international football having made 106 caps for the Three Lions.

Shaw is currently out injured with a hamstring problem, but is expected to make his competitive debut for the Old Trafford club soon after the international break.

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