England left back Luke Shaw has described England’s journey in the Euro 2020 so far as ‘an amazing experience’ and has claimed that he has not been ‘this happy in a long time’ after qualifying for the Quarter Finals of the European Championship.
After defeating Germany at London’s Wembley stadium 2-0 in the Round-of-16 match, England are being termed as the favourites to win Euro 2020. The Three Lions have never won the European Championship before, and this is probably their best shot at winning the tournament. England have been drawn into the easier end of the tie and they now have a clear route to the finals.
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England will now face Ukraine in the Quarter Finals and if they go through, they will face the winners of Denmark vs Czech Slovakia in the semi-finals.
What Luke Shaw has said
Ahead of their much anticipated Quarter final match, English defender Luke Shaw gave an interview on Lions’ Den connected by EE in which he talked about his experience of playing in the tournament so far.
“Everything about the last day or two has been so good and I haven’t felt this happy in a long time. I’m hoping that all the fans feel the same way,” said the Manchester United defender.
“The experience has been amazing, and the spirit and togetherness of the squad is something I’ve not experienced before.
“You can see how close everyone is and the way they’ve made SGP is unbelievable too.
“It’s gone so fast as well but we’ve been here for nearly a month, so time is flying but we’re enjoying it.”
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Speaking about their 2-0 victory against Germany, Luke Shaw said: “The game speaks for itself really.”
“We tried not to big the occasion up but everyone knew how big the occasion was of course. It meant so much to us as players and the celebrations and joy that we brought to the fans was honestly brilliant.
“I saw all the videos from the World Cup and I thought ‘I want to be a part of that’ and to put smiles on people’s faces – I think that game will go down in history. It’s always a great feeling to keep a clean sheet and I think we defended really well.”
“But then when you have that extra feeling of being involved in a goal – especially in a game like that – how crucial it was, it kind of felt like I’d scored to be honest.”
Cannot take Ukraine lightly
However, Luke Shaw has also warned his teammates that they cannot risk taking their opponents lightly.
“They changed their formation in the last game [against Sweden] so we need to be a bit wary of that,” he said. “We will have unit meetings to know what to expect but it’s about us and we need to make sure we go into this game in the right manner and turn up on the day.
“We’ve been really lucky to play all our games at Wembley which has been unbelievable so this will be a different test but a test that we’re ready for. We solely focus on this game now because if we don’t get a result, the result against Germany doesn’t count for anything.
“We’ve always had the belief that we can go the whole way but especially with the result we got against Germany that gives us extra confidence,” Luke Shaw concluded.