Ashley Cole prefers Shaw over Chilwell as England left-back

Ashley Cole gives his verdict on Ben Chilwell vs Luke Shaw debate.

The former Blues left-back puts Shaw slightly ahead of Chilwell when it comes to a starting place at the Euros this summer.

He believes that this a very tight call for England manager Gareth Southgate.

“I think it’s a tight one between Shaw who I think is just pipping it at the minute,” Cole told ITV Sport after the victory.

“I think he is playing more consistently for Manchester United, whereas Chilwell – some days he plays [for Chelsea] and some days he doesn’t.

“I think at the moment Shaw is in the lead. But who knows?

“Going into the last games of the Premier League season, who can hold their nerve and keep that consistency up before the squad gets announced.”

Even Man United legend Roy Keane shares the same sentiment when it comes to England’s preferred left-back at the moment.

“This year he’s been outstanding,” said Keane. “I know he’s had issues under [Jose] Mourinho, obviously, but he’s been consistent this year.

“Going forward but defensively I think he has the edge over the other full-backs in the England squad.

“He’s improved that and no one has really got the better of him this season one vs one.”


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