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Southampton manager Pochettino hails youngster Shaw

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By Stephen Donovan

Saturday 01 March 2014

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on youngster Luke Shaw, who earned his first ever call-up to the England senior squad on Thursday, Sky Sports is reporting.

Luke Shaw

The 18-year-old left-back has been hotly tipped to be one of England’s future stars since making his Premier League debut for Southampton back in November 2012. He has started all 27 of the Saints’ top-flight games this season, and already has three caps for the England U-21 side.

On Thursday, he joined Southampton teammates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez in Roy Hodgson’s preliminary 30-man squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Denmark at Wembley, which has led to calls for Shaw to be taken to this summer’s World Cup.

And Pochettino is delighted with the progress Shaw has made at Southampton over the last 18 months. He said: "If Luke Shaw has been called up to the English national side, it's because he is considered able to go well against any player.

"Luke is fully prepared mentally for this, he's grown and matured a lot in the last year. It will help him grow in the future, playing with the best this country has to offer and being managed by a great manager in Roy Hodgson.

"He has great maturity, intelligence, the full support of his own family and the Southampton family too. If anything should happen and he should come back in a different way, his family is right behind him to make sure there are no consequences."

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