Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Luke Shaw: Defender suffers head injury on England comeback

Luke Shaw: Defender suffers head injury on England comeback

He repaid the faith shown by England manager Gareth Southgate with an excellent cross for Marcus Rashford to open the scoring at Wembley on Saturday. And once again in a competitive fixture, England failed to beat a team regarded as one of the major nations.

Luke Shaw has allayed concerns over his well-being after sustaining a sickening-looking injury that overshadowed England's UEFA Nations League defeat to Spain.

Southgate is, sensibly, resisting the calls but is aware of the reality check of England losing to Spain.

Shaw, making his first England start since September 2015, received treatment on the pitch for nearly seven minutes, with plenty of medical officers checking on his condition after he hit his head.

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"Going by numbers and performances, he is world's number one".

The turnaround was complete for Spain on 31 minutes as Rodrigo turned home Thiago Alacantara's in-swinging free-kick at the near post.

The FA said: "Luke Shaw remained at St. George's Park today for further rest and monitoring having sustained concussion against Spain yesterday".

Gareth Southgate gave a start to Marcus Rashford, a player now struggling to make his mark with Manchester United this season. Shaw, whose fine pass set up Rashford's goal, received treatment for several minutes on the field before being taken off apparently wearing an oxygen mask.

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Southgate is planning on rotating his squad and Spurs left-back Danny Rose is expected to replace Shaw down that flank.

The incident silenced the crowd and seemed to distract the hosts whose sloppiness invited Spanish pressure.

Welbeck had the ball in the net deep into the allotted nine additional minutes only for him to be judged to have fouled De Gea in the process and the goal was ruled out, ensuring Spain left with all three points.

There was much to ponder for Southgate who has now seen his side lose three matches in a row against Croatia, Belgium and now Spain - proof they are still a work in progress.

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