Luke Shaw admitted that it was a mix of happiness and relief to make his long awaited debut for England’s Under-21s team.
Shaw made it fifth time lucky with his call-up to the Young Lions squad, and was rewarded for his patience with a starting role and full 90 minutes appearance in the 1-0 win over Moldova at Madejski Stadium.
But even until the first ball had been kicked, Luke was still desperate for things not to go wrong again.
“I said it to myself before the game not to trip over or do anything like that because it would be just my luck!” he told saintsfc.co.uk after the match.
“I’ve obviously pulled out a few times before but it was great to finally be with them and train. It was good to get 90 minutes as well for the England Under-21s.”
Shaw was in familiar company when making his debut as he was joined by Saints teammate James Ward-Prowse, and the full-back paid tribute to the grounding that the club has given to everyone coming through the ranks.
“It’s been very good for me especially to play now for England at Under-21 level,” he explained. “I was with Prowsey as well who played 65 minutes so it was great for both of us but also the club because it shows that we’re not just producing players, but we’re producing ones that can play for England too.
“I’m very pleased for Calum (Chambers) as well. He’s had a great start to the season and hopefully he can just carry on now.”
Luke also enjoyed the experience of training at St George’s Park, and revealed that it’s whetted his appetite for more.
“It’s been great because the seniors are there as well and it just makes you want to push on and be up there with them,” he said.
“The facilities are great so are the training pitches as well, and the lads have been good too.
“It was really good to see Rickie (Lambert) up there briefly and it’s great for him because he deserves it. I’ve seen that he’s going to start as well which will be his full international debut, so I’m really pleased for him.”
With more European qualification matches on the horizon, Shaw is eagerly anticipating Monday’s game in Finland, and hopes to establish himself in Gareth Southgate’s plans over the next few months.
“I can’t wait to go abroad now and see the set up with England and hopefully we can get another win to carry on from this win,” he highlighted.
“These are qualifiers so I’m pleased to be starting in them and hopefully I can show what I can do so that I can cement a place in the team.”