The left-back said he used to let his conditioning fall below acceptable levels and “burst out of many camps” amid a period of personal turmoil that saw him spend more than two years away from the Three Lions.
Shaw burst out of many camps
Luke Shaw has admitted that he used to show Gareth Southgate and the England national team insufficient attention and has only recently understood the seriousness of representing his country. The left-back said he used to let his conditioning fall below acceptable levels and “burst out of many camps” amid a period of personal turmoil that saw him spend more than two years away from the Three Lions. After keeping in touch with Southgate and improving his club form at Manchester United, Shaw has been called up for the World Cup qualifiers this month and fully accepts his second chance. “I have some huge regrets, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the mistakes I made in the past, especially with England,” Shaw told reporters. “I pulled out of many camps.”
Luke wants to continue to impress Gareth Southgate
“Around that time, I might not have been in the best condition. But I think I’ve thought so much about it in the last two years – that was my biggest regret. And yes, of course, let Gareth Southgate down. I tried to keep in touch with him so that he knows that everything has changed. He said that he chose me on merit and how I have been performing. The past is the past, and I hope we have forgotten about it now and can focus on the future, and I want to continue to impress him. I think playing for your country is a great privilege and honour. And I think that sometimes I took advantage of that.”
“I haven’t overthought about it, but of course now I just want to forget the mistakes I made in the past. And Gareth did it so that we just focus on the future and obviously on what is happening now”. England will end the international break on Wednesday with a World Cup qualifier against a Poland squad missing Robert Lewandowski to injury.