Opinion: Why we’re all buzzing for Luke

I think it’s fair to say that Luke Shaw was speaking for all of us football fans who support England (I appreciate not everyone reading this does!) following Tuesday’s memorable Euro 2020 victory over Germany. Talking on England’s ‘Lions’ Den’ show, a beaming Luke reflected on being part of the starting XI that made history.

The incredible celebratory scenes at Wembley didn’t just feel like a huge release of emotion that encapsulated finally seeing us get past THAT team which has caused so much heartbreak at international level, it felt like an epic release of emotion for what everyone has gone through in the last year; it was a day the nation needed and for Luke Shaw it was a day all United fans loved to see when it came to recognising the brilliance and bravery of last season’s Players’ Player of the Year.

Brilliance for his sublime laid-it-on-a-plate cross for Raheem Sterling to open the scoring at Wembley in the 75th minute. Brilliance 11 minutes later when his interception on the half-way line, drive forword and ball out to Jack Grealish led to Harry Kane nodding home the second. And brilliance for helping his side keep yet another clean sheet in the tournament – four so far for the Three Lions, with Luke playing a part in three of those.

Bravery for his physical and mental recovery from a truly horrendous injury, a year into his United career, back in 2015 as well as some other frustrating niggles since. And bravery for dealing with the overall highs and lows of being in the spotlight at the biggest club in the world. And he’s done it all calmly, quietly and professionally, with no complaints, just a steely focus on getting himself up to the consistently excellent performance level we’re seeing now.


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