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Shaw: 'Breaking Zidane’s Euro assist record is surprising'

Mon 05 July 2021 | 10:18

Nailing down a spot in Gareth Southgate’s starting Euro 2020 XI, Luke Shaw admits it’s "very strange" that he has already recorded more European Championship assists than Real Madrid and France icon, Zinedine Zidane, managed to record through his 12-year international career.

The Manchester United fullback

 has contributed 3 assists in 

England’s Euro

 

2020

 run to the semi-finals. Surprisingly, the 25-year-old has already hit the surprising tally of one assist that World Cup winner 

Zidane 

- who helped Les Bleus to continental glory in 2000 - recorded for his country at the European Championships.

When those figures were put to him, Three Lions star Shaw told reporters: "A very strange stat! A nice one, I think. Obviously Zidane was one of the best midfielders ever and I can’t compare to him, like I’ve said before about different people.

"It’s a nice stat to obviously hear, but the most important thing for me was reaching the semi-final, getting another game at Wembley in front of our own crowd and hopefully making them happy again."

 

 

Joining 

Manchester United

 in 2014 from Southampton when he was 18 for a mind-blowing $41.25m deal, his game-time got restricted under Jose Mourinho’s reign at Old Trafford as 

Jose Mourinho 

singled him out for public criticism in a 2017 press conference.

Years after the incident, the current 

Roma 

boss is still criticizing Shaw in his role as a Euro 2020 pundit.

Hitting back 

at the Portuguese’s comments

Luke

 

Shaw 

said after providing two assists in England’s 4-0 march over Ukraine: "I think Jose has his opinion. He’s obviously working for talkSPORT. It’s freedom of speech and he can say whatever he likes.

"I just keep going, keep my head down, ignore everything and just focus on what’s going on inside the camp. My main objective is to help England. No matter what, I’ll give everything for them and I’ll keep on doing that."

 

Gareth Southgate's men will be back in action on Wednesday as they’ll battle

Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 at Wembley

.


source: SportMob
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