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
run to the semi-finals. Surprisingly, the 25-year-old has already hit the surprising tally of one assist that World Cup winner
- 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."
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
singled him out for public criticism in a 2017 press conference.
Years after the incident, the current
boss is still criticizing Shaw in his role as a Euro 2020 pundit.
Hitting backat the Portuguese’s comments
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 battleDenmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 at Wembley