Former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge has urged England boss Gareth Southgate to start Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw over Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell during the Euros.
“I’d go with Luke Shaw,” Bridge told BettingExpert.com, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“Don’t get me wrong, Chilwell has done very well since he’s come into Chelsea. But for me Shaw’s just been consistently excellent for all season, so it’s hard to look past him for that starting berth.
“I’m buzzing for them both to be in there and it’s a great problem to have – but I just think Shaw has been so brilliant.
“One game stands out for me this year – I was sitting with my friends watching and one of them is a Liverpool fan. He was moaning because Mo Salah wasn’t running at Shaw with the ball when he got one on one with him. And I said ‘because he just can’t beat him. He’s tried once or twice, he cannot beat him, Shaw is standing too strong’.
“He’s been a rock defensively, he can be powerful going forward, so for me Shaw starts.”
England start their European Championship campaign against Croatia on Sunday.