Luke Shaw is bracing himself for World Cup heartbreak.
The Manchester United star has endured a difficult start to the season after suffering a foot problem and losing his starting place to new signing Tyrell Malacia. Shaw does not expect to be included in Gareth Southgate's England squad this week due to his lack of fitness and game time.
And with Southgate naming his penultimate squad before the World Cup, it means Shaw now faces a losing battle to be part of the England boss's plans for Qatar 2022. Missing the World Cup would be a huge blow to Shaw.
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Since joining United from Southampton in 2014 in a £30m deal to become the most expensive teenager in world football, Shaw has suffered horrendous luck with injuries.
He was part of the England squad that flopped at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, but missed the next two major tournaments after that and has won just 21 caps in eight years.
He missed the final seven weeks of last season after having bolts removed from his leg as a result of undergoing career threatening surgery in 2015.
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Shaw, 27, returned to the international fold in 2021 to help the Three Lions reach the final of the delayed Euro 2020, and scored in the crushing defeat on penalties to the Italians.
Shaw has not played for United since being replaced at half time of the 4-0 drubbing at Brentford a month ago and faces a battle to get back into Erik ten Hag's side, let alone the England one.
Southgate has the option of picking Kieran Trippier at left back, while the likes of Ben Chilwell and Tyrick Mitchell are also ahead of Shaw in the pecking order.
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