Which World Cup is Luke Shaw’s favourite?
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is currently away with England at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, alongside fellow Reds Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford.
The defender produced an assist in the Three Lions’ opening fixture, crossing for Jude Bellingham’s opener in the eventual 6-2 win over Iran.
Qatar 2022 has the potential to be a memorable one for Shaw and the rest of Gareth Southgate’s side, but the United full-back earmarked Russia 2018 as the greatest iteration of the tournament to date.
“I think for me, being an England fan, it would probably have to be the 2018 one,” Shaw said in an exclusive interview with club media, when asked to name his favourite World Cup.
“Purely for the fact that it had been so long since there had actually been real belief that we could actually do something, and getting to a World Cup semi-final is absolutely massive.
“The way we went about it and how much it pulled the nation together [was superb] and [it was great] seeing how much everyone enjoyed and loved it.
“For me, I have to pick that one because of how great it was for the fans to watch us do so well and [us] nearly getting to a final. I think it’s a good one to remember.”
England followed up the semi-final defeat in Russia by reaching the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley, agonisingly being beaten on penalties by Italy.
Shaw believes that Southgate’s side have a chance of glory at Qatar 2022, but maintains that the mentality in the England camp must be right.
“I think that has to be the ambition,” he replied, when asked about the Three Lions’ prospects of enjoying success in the competition.
“That has to be the focus: that we can win it. I think we have to do everything we can to achieve that.”