Prior to the Euros, some had suggested that Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell should be ahead of Luke Shaw in the England team, and Gareth Southgate had at times given the Chelsea man the advantage.
However, Shaw proved himself in the recently concluded competition as one of the best players in the tournament and was unarguably the best left-back.
Having survived a scary spell under Jose Mourinho, Shaw improved massively for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and he took that same rich vein of form to the Euros.
Shaw scored the opener for England in the final of the competition and it was a stunning strike. Solskjaer couldn’t believe when he watched his left-back slam a volley into the net.
“I’m so happy for Luke. I was watching it and ‘what’s just happened?’” said Solskjaer.
“He started the attack and we’ve encouraged him to get into the last third.
“We know how technically gifted he is and skilful he is and he hit the ball very, very sweetly. He keeps his eye on the ball, straight laces and it’s margins again – off the post and in, not off the post and out.
“That’s football for you. Luke deserves all the luck he can get. He’s had a tremendous couple of years with us.”