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EURO 2020

Luke Shaw made more assists in four minutes than Zinedine Zidane did in 14 Euros games

Of all the quirky statistics doing the rounds, here is a really off-the-wall one.

Against Ukraine, Luke Shaw provided more assists in less than four minutes (two) than Zinedine ­Zidane did in 14 appearances at the Euros (one).

Shaw laughed: “A very strange stat. A nice one, I think. Obviously Zidane was one of the best ­midfielders ever and I can’t ­compare to him, like I’ve said ­before about different people.

“It’s a nice stat to hear but the most important thing for me was reaching the semi-final, getting another game at Wembley in front of our own crowd, and hopefully making them happy again.”

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Shaw swung in the corner for Harry Maguire to nod in before teeing-up Harry Kane four minutes later
Shaw swung in the corner for Harry Maguire to nod in before teeing-up Harry Kane four minutes later

While Shaw might not be in the same elite bracket as names such as Zidane, he is emerging as one of the stand-out ­players of Euro 2020, despite not featuring in the opening win against Croatia.

But when asked about the possibility of individual accolades, Shaw laughed again.

“I think, for me, ­nowhere near the player of the tournament,” he ­declared.

But he knows a man who he reckons should be a ­contender – the man who has kept five consecutive clean sheets.

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Shaw said: “The concentration in the defence has been ­unbelievable and of course that starts with Pickers (Jordan Pickford).

“For me, Pickers has been outstanding. He’s been ­unbelievable, one of our best players this tournament.

“Like I said, it starts with him. I’m really happy for him. He’s been ­unbelievable.”

But Shaw, 25, does allow himself just a gentle pat on the back for the way he has persevered when others have doubted him.

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He said: “I could go through a lot of people to thank, but the most important one is Gareth (Southgate) for ­trusting me and ­putting me in the squad, and picking me and playing me.

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“But maybe even myself because a lot of people will have doubted me being in the squad and to play maybe.

“But I’ve kept my head down, kept working hard and hopefully I can keep this responsibility up for the manager.”

And keep proving Jose Mourinho, who had ­arrived in Rome on the eve of England’s win over Ukraine and has been a frequent critic of Shaw, wrong.

The Manchester United left-back said: “No, that doesn’t matter.

“I think Jose has his ­opinion. He’s obviously ­working for Talksport. It’s ­freedom of speech and he can say whatever he likes.

“I just keep going, keep my head down, ignore everything and just focus on what’s going on ­inside the camp.

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“My main objective is to help England. No matter what, I’ll give everything for them.”

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