EPL: Paul Merson shocked by Southgate’s decision to include Man Utd star in England squad

Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has admitted that he was ‘shocked’ by England head coach Gareth Southgate’s decision to include Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw in his latest squad.

Southgate had recently announced a 28-man squad for their upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures against Germany and Italy.

He opted to include Shaw and his Man United teammate Harry Maguire in the squad.

Both Shaw and Maguire have been irregular under Man United manager Erik ten Hag this season, with Maguire featuring in three Premier League games and Shaw appearing in two.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said (via HITC), “Not with Harry Maguire I wasn’t (surprised he was selected). I think he plays a big part and the way they play with Gareth (Southgate).

“But I was shocked with the Luke Shaw one. The number of fullbacks we have in this country and talented fullbacks. But if Harry Maguire doesn’t get into the Man United team, come November, then it’s going to be a major worry for Gareth.”

Merson added: “In a way, he should have brought some players he might have to go to. You can’t go three months without football, then play international football, especially in the heat they will play in.”

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