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Shaw: I'm not thinking about United

ESPN staff
May 23, 2014
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Luke Shaw says he is not even thinking about where he will be playing his football next season as the teenager concentrates on his first World Cup with England.

Shaw's only senior international experience to date came against Denmark in March, when he came on as half-time substitute in a display that, coupled with his fine form for Southampton, did enough to persuade Roy Hodgson to take him to Brazil as well as leading Manchester United to step up their interest this summer.

Needing to rebuild after a disappointing season which saw David Moyes lose his job, United see Shaw as a key target - something which may distract a player who does not even turn 19 until the eve of the World Cup final.

"It is something that is not even on my mind," he said in response to the speculation. "Transfer talk is completely gone - I am here to focus on England and England only.''

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Shaw also pledged to justify his inclusion in England's World Cup squad at the expense of Ashley Cole - whose Chelsea career looks set to be over after he was placed on the released list submitted to the Premier League on Friday.

Cole, a veteran of 107 caps, announced his international retirement after Roy Hodgson plumped for Shaw, but Shaw is not concerned with the scrutiny brought by that decision.

"There's no pressure,'' he said. "I don't really feel pressure. I just focus on my own game.

"I have come here to help the England team and I will do everything I can. You never know what may happen. Leighton Baines may play in the first game for the first 10 minutes, pick up an injury and I could be in.

"I am never going to go to a tournament thinking I am not playing because if something like that does happen, I have got to be ready.''

Shaw speaks with a maturity that echoes his on-field performances, making it hard to comprehend that he watched the 2010 World Cup as a 14-year-old at his family home in Surrey.

"I remember that World Cup sitting at home with my family on the settee and I was thinking one day I want to be playing in one of these tournaments," Shaw continued. "But not as soon as it has happened - I was very surprised.

"With Ashley Cole not playing that many games I thought I might have a chance, but obviously he played in the last three games of the season and played incredibly well so that made me think that maybe it might not be my turn.

"Obviously, I saw that I was announced in the squad and it was the best feeling in the world. I remember when I was sitting there with my family and friends and we were just all so proud that I am still only 18 and going to a World Cup."

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