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Luke Shaw has withdrawn from the Eng-
land squad for today s World Cup qualifier
in Slovakia after missing training yesterday.
The 21-year-old left-back has only just
returned from double leg-break and has start-
ed the season well with Manchester United.
He was replaced in training at St George s
Park by Arsenal s Tafari Moore, who is part of
the Under-20s set-up, and did not fly with
Shaw now misses out on a potential England
return having last been capped almost a year
ago in a 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over
Switzerland at Wembley.
Shaw was not due to start in manager Sam
Allardyce s first game in charge, with Totten-
ham s Danny Rose preferred at left-back.
The Football Association confirmed last
evening that Shaw would not travel to Slova-
"Luke Shaw has left the England camp and
returned to Manchester United," a statement
"The left-back was rested from training at
St George s Park this morning, with the medical
team continuing to manage his workload.
"With Danny Rose set to start against Slo-
vakia in Trnava tomorrow night, Shaw has
been allowed to return to Manchester to train
with his club as a precautionary measure.
"Sam Allardyce s remaining 22 players were
booked to travel to Slovakia last afternoon."
While it is currently unclear if Shaw faces
a spell on the sidelines, any injury will be seen
as a blow as the former Southampton youngster
looks to rebuild his career after missing so
much football after breaking his leg in a Cham-
pions League tie against PSV Eindhoven last
Speaking earlier in the week Shaw said he
was not squeamish about the injury and was
happy to show off the scars left behind by the
"I don t mind answering questions about
my leg. I think sometimes people don t like
talking about it, but I m not bothered," he said.
"I wasn t bothered watching videos of it or
pictures of my leg. That might sound a bit
weird, but I feel comfortable talking about it
because now I feel stronger than ever.
"At first I did start thinking, Am I really like
this? , but it s my leg at the end of the day.
"Obviously I went through a bad time during
the leg break, but I came through that stronger
as a person. Now it does not faze me."
Meanwhile, manager Allardyce is set to keep
faith with eight of the side that started England s
Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland when he names
his team in Slovakia today.
Of the eleven who started the dismal 2-1
defeat in Nice, it is understood that only Chris
Smalling, Dele Alli and Daniel Sturridge have
been stood down by the new manager.
Joe Hart, who joined Torino on loan after
slipping to third in the pecking order at Man-
chester City, might well have joined them but
Fraser Forster s withdrawal with an arm injury
leaves him as the sole established goalkeep-
er.With Smalling out of the Manchester United
first XI, Allardyce has settled on a defensive
pairing of Gary Cahill and John Stones, the
latter back in favour having not played a minute
Liverpool s Jordan Henderson is due to return
in midfield alongside Eric Dier, with Adam
Lallana restored in a rejigged forward line.
Allardyce had already stated his intention to
use his captain, Rooney, in the same number
10 role he has been performing for Manchester
United and that leaves no room for Tottenham
Rooney will become England s record outfield
cap-holder when he lines up at Trnava s City
Arena, surpassing David Beckham s 115.
England look likely to begin with a 4-2-3-
1 formation similar to United s, with Harry
Kane leading the line.
He has looked sluggish for Spurs at the start
of the season, and has yet to score, but has
done enough in training at St George s Park
to convince Allardyce he should keep Sturridge
and Jamie Vardy on the bench.
Another Tottenham man, Danny Rose, has
retained the left-back shirt despite competition
from fit-again Manchester United full-back
•Likely England XI: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Stones,
Rose, Dier, Henderson, Rooney (c), Sterling,
...Shaw out of England squad
Christie ready to step in
Cyrus Christie is ready to step into the
heat of World Cup battle if Republic of
Ireland boss Martin O Neill needs him.
O Neill has spent much of the last week
keeping a watchful eye on Everton full-back
Seamus Coleman, who has not played a
single minute of competitive football for his
club this season because of an ankle injury.
Coleman s would be one of the first names
on the Ireland teamsheet for Monday night s
opening qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade
if he were fit - indeed, he ended the Euro
2016 finals wearing the captain s armband
- although assistant manager Roy Keane
admitted on Friday that he remains a doubt.
Should he miss out, Derby counterpart
Christie would be the natural replacement,
and he is desperate to prove O Neill s con-
fidence in him is well-founded.
The 23-year-old said: "The manager does
called upon... It s just a waiting game.
"When we were away at the Euros, he
came up to me and said I deserved the
chance to play, but he couldn t really fit me
in the team at that moment and just to look
forward to the World Cup qualifiers.
"To hear that from the manager is great
and you can come away happy even though
it s frustrating that you re not playing. It
was a fantastic experience just to be there
and I can take a lot away from that and a
lot of memories. It was a great experience
Christie has already played competitive
football for his country - he started the vic-
tories in Gibraltar and at home to world
champions Germany on the road to France
- but his appearances to date have been
mainly in friendlies, the latest in Wednesday
night s 4-0 win over Oman.
He said: "I have got Seamus in front of
me, who is a fantastic player, but for me
every time I go out there, it is an opportunity
to prove myself."
The squad flew out from Dublin yesterday
afternoon with O Neill still sweating on
Coleman s fitness, and Christie was prepar-
ing to be thrown in at the deep end if
While he watched from the bench this
summer, he too can take confidence from
the way the Republic performed.
However, no-one within the camp is
underestimating Serbia, who were disap-
pointing in their last qualifying campaign,
but will be a handful at the Crvena Zvezda
Stadium as they launch a new one.
Christie said: "Now our focus will go on
to Serbia. We can only take it one game at
a time. It s a big game on Monday (tomor-
row) and we ll look forward to it."
Both teams will be depleted by suspension
with Ireland defender Shane Duffy missing
as a result of his red card in the 2-1 finals
defeat by hosts France, while the Serbs will
be without Aleksandar Kolarov and Nemanja
Matic, who were both dismissed as they
went down 2-1 at home to Portugal in their
last Euro 2016 qualifier.
Coleman: Bale is better than ever
Chris Coleman has told Wales World
Cup rivals to beware an improved Gareth
Wales start out on the road to Russia at
home to Moldova tomorrow, with the nation
still on a high after reaching the semi-finals
of Euro 2016.
Bale played a pivotal role in that success
by scoring seven times in qualifying and then
becoming the first player for 12 years to score
in all three group games of a European Cham-
pionship. But Wales boss Coleman says the
Real Madrid forward continues to improve
---and that spells bad news for 2018 World
Cup qualifying opponents Austria, Serbia,
the Republic of Ireland, Moldova and Geor-
"Gareth scored inside 75 seconds of Real s
first game of the season, but I never get sur-
prised by him," said Coleman. I know he s
capable of almost anything and I think
Madrid are very excited about the future
"They recognise that they ve got someone
who s going to be there for a while and some-
one who is capable of winning everything.
"He s getting better and better still.
"Along with that incredible ability he s got
that first-class mentality as well.
"It s winning formula for Real Madrid and
for Wales, and I think he will have another
Wales are without two of their Euro 2016
heroes as Aaron Ramsey, who was magnif-
icent in France, and Jonathan Williams are
But Coleman expects Emyr Huws and
Tom Lawrence, two players overlooked for
summer selection, to play their parts during
this World Cup campaign.
Huws lost out on the final midfield spot
to David Vaughan, who has since retired
from international football, while Lawrence
could not shift striker Simon Church from
"They are two good young players and I
do expect them to step up and make an
impact," said Coleman.
"Emyr was disappointed not to make the
squad and it was really close for him.
"Tom has had a little taste of campaign
football (at the end of Euro 2016 qualifying).
It s difficult when you re young and you re
not playing for your club. We re mindful of
that, but they can do well for us."
Back-up goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams
will be in reserve tomorrow with Wayne
Hennessey having recovered from the leg
injury which forced him to miss Crystal
Palace s 1-1 Premier League draw with
But Fon Williams says it has been business
as usual after England manager Sam Allardyce
persuaded goalkeeping coach Martyn Mar-
getson to leave Wales and join his backroom
staff. Allardyce worked with Margetson at
West Ham, but Coleman moved quickly to
replace him by drafting in Swansea goal-
keeping coach Tony Roberts.
" Marge was with us for a long time and
he was unbelievable with all the goalkeepers,
he looked after us so well," said Fon Williams.
"He has worked with the England manager
before and there was always a danger that
he would he come calling.
"But Tony has come in and we ve all
enjoyed working with him the last few days."
to lead England
past Slovakia in
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