Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has admitted he regrets snubbing England duty in previous seasons over injury fears.
Shaw made his England debut seven years ago but has just nine caps for England after last playing for England in September 2018.
Shaw withdrew from Nations League games against Croatia and Spain in October 2018 and March 2019 squads, for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. He was never invited for England again after that until his recent invitation.
“I had a few massive regrets,” said Shaw.
“I could not stop thinking about the mistakes that I had made in the past. With England, I pulled out of a lot of camps. Over the last two years, I have thought about it so much with regret.
“Letting Gareth down… I tried to keep in touch with him, to let him know that things had changed. He said (this time) he had picked me on merit and the past was the past. Hopefully we have forgotten about that now and we can focus on the future. I want to keep impressing him.”
Asked for specific examples of how he had let Southgate down, Shaw replied: “Pulling out of camps was the biggest. Maybe I wasn’t right mentally then. The last time I played was Spain (at Wembley in September 2018). I wasn’t playing for my club that much then but it showed he trusted me.
“You watched the World Cup, you could see how good they were doing and you can see how good the squad is becoming. I wanted to get back involved with England — who wouldn’t? I’m just really privileged to get another chance. I want to stay in the squad for more games to come.”