Luke Shaw has allayed concerns over his well-being after sustaining a sickening- looking injury that overshadowed England’s UEFA Nations League defeat to Spain.
The 23-year-old set up Marcus Rashford’s opener on his first international start since September 2015 – an appearance that came just a week before the hideous injury that he recently revealed nearly cost him his leg.
But the Manchester United defender’s return to England duty came to a shuddering halt minutes into second half at Wembley Stadium, with his head appearing to hit Dani Carvajal’s hip before bouncing off the turf.
Shaw left the field on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask and a neck brace after lengthy treatment but was “up and talking” in the change rooms.
“Luke is awake and alert, having been assessed by our doctor and given an X-ray. He’ll stay with us overnight for further observation, with another update to come in the morning,” the FA said in a statement.
England teammates expressed relief about Shaw’s injury, with manager Gareth Southgate equally relieved.
“He’s sat up in the dressing room, talking and seems fairly comfortable,” the Three Lions boss said.
“We’ll have to assess him a little bit more overnight and tomorrow, but that’s definitely a good sign.”
Shaw had only made one substitute appearance under Southgate before Saturday evening, when the fullback took his improved Manchester United form onto the international stage.
“Great contribution for the goal. It’s a big thing, we’ve thrown him in today after a few games of the season. But I thought he showed some good moments and he’s a player that I am sure can play a big part with us as we move forwards,” Southgate said.
England move up to Leicester for their next challenge, a friendly against Switzerland on Tuesday.