‘Shaw Gate’, the mystery that has England in suspense

‘Shaw Gate’ sounds similar to Southgate, but it is not the same, although, deep down, it has a lot to do with it. The absence of a pure left back is one of the problems that England has been experiencing in the Euro Cup.

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In the absence of a specialist, Kieran Trippier has acted as a ‘patch’. “It doesn’t matter the position. Right back, left back, if I play, if I don’t play… I will always give my best,” says the former Atlético player, who, however, recognizes that, as ‘3’, he offers a “more defensive” version.

The position doesn’t matter. Right back, left back, if I play, if I don’t play… I will always give my best

Kieran Trippier

It is striking that on the England list there are three right-backs (Walker, Alexander-Arnold and Trippier) and only one left-back… but he is not available Southgate ‘left Ben Chilwell and Tyrick Mitchel on the ground’ and, instead, opted to bring Germany to Luke Shaw

“We are satisfied with his evolution. There is still work to do, but we believe he can get fit,” Southgate indicated to justify his call-up… despite not having played any official match since February! Instead, he preferred to do without Harry Maguire, also affected.

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However, it has not debuted yet. At least against Slovakia – Southgate turned to Saka as ‘3’ looking for a comeback – he sat on the bench. “Luke is not ready to start, “But I will speak to the doctors to see if he can play for a while or if it is better for him to train a little more,” Southgate said.

Luke is not ready to start, but I will talk to the doctors to see if he can play for a while.

Gareth Southgate

In the quarterfinals, against Switzerland, Guéhi’s absence due to the accumulation of cards will force Southgate to make changes in defense. It seems difficult for him to play at the start, but Shaw could be an option, either as a left back or playing as a center backa position he has already occupied in emergency situations at Manchester United.

“I’m not the coach, but with Guéhi suspended changes will have to be made and Luke says he’s ready,” underlines Jordan Pickford. The ‘Shaw Gate’ could come to an end, for Southgate’s sake.


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