Man Utd star Luke Shaw slams England team leaks ahead of France showdown
Luke Shaw has revealed England’s players are fed of up the constant team leaks that have hampered Gareth Southgate’s preparations at the World Cup.
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The Three Lions face France on Saturday for a place in the semi finals and speculation is already rife about the team the England manager will pick in an attempt to plot the downfall of the defending champions.
In each of England’s four games so far, news of who has and hasn’t made the starting XI has emerged in the hours leading up to kick-off and Shaw believes that has given the opposition an unfair advantage.
‘For some reason, our team is out every game day before anything, so I’m sure everyone is going to find out like normal. It seems to get leaked every time we play,’ the left-back told the BBC.
‘Of course it annoys us when that happens. You can guess some players that are going to play, but sometimes if people get changed and it is out there before the team actually gets announced it can give the opposing team an advantage.
‘That is something we all speak about. We don’t understand why the English media would leak that to give other teams an advantage.
‘There is nothing we can do about it because it has been happening for a long time, but we’ve got a couple more days to focus more on details about what France are going to do and we’ll go from there.’
Former England defender Stephen Warnock, meanwhile, admits he has sympathy for Shaw and his teammates and insists team leaks represents one of the biggest problems in football.
‘Teams being leaked is one of the biggest problems in football,’ he said. ‘You will get players who ring their mates or agents, whoever it might be. There is always someone who wants to be in the know so they will pass it on.
‘If I’m being completely honest I look at it and think ‘we all know the players, what is going to change?’. What is the big difference?
‘I could probably tell you very close to the team that Gareth Southgate is going to pick in a couple of days, but if I looked at it and I went it might be him or it might be him. If you look at rugby, they announce it the day before.
‘I couldn’t believe it the other day when I saw ‘Breaking news: Saka is going to replace Rashford’. It is a World Cup – does it matter? Is it that much of a surprise that you’re replacing him with Saka?
‘Come on. I get it to a certain degree with formations but otherwise, I don’t think it is that much of an issue.’
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