Jose Mourinho and Sam Allardyce have discussed the future of Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw and decided he is now ready to return to the senior England squad.
The 21-year-old missed the vast majority of last season after suffering a horrific leg break during a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven.
So significant was the damage, there was some doubt over whether he would ever play football again, let alone reach the heights that saw him become the most expensive teenager in world football.
But those doubts have been quelled by his early season form, which has impressed not only fans but Mourinho himself. The 21-year-old appears to have won the new manager's favour, starting each of United's Premier League games thus far.
Now, his return to prominence is set to take another significant step forward after Allardyce contacted Mourinho to ask his permission to call him up to the England squad. According to The Mirror, together they decided that Shaw was ready.
England face Slovakia away in their opening World Cup qualifier on September 4, in what constitutes one of their trickiest games in an otherwise easy group. The Three Lions will be under severe pressure to win after their disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, which saw them exit in the round of 16 after an embarrassing defeat to Iceland.
Many of that summer squad will be spared but a number of new faces will be coming in as well. Danny Drinkwater, who was culled from Roy Hodgson's preliminary squad, is likely to be called up while Burnley's Michael Keane, a former Manchester United player, is in the mix.
But Shaw's inclusion is going to be the most significant. HIs return to fitness has been a major boost both for England and Manchester United, both of whom are struggling for alternative options at left-back.
However, Shaw will have to pass a final test against Hull City to make sure of his inclusion. Allardyce will be keeping a close eye on his performance before making a final decision.
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