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Gareth Southgate responds to Man United boss Erik ten Hag amid Luke Shaw

England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted they have no intention of setting a timetable for when Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw will be back from injury after being ruled out of Thursday’s match against Denmark.

Southgate opted to take a risk on Shaw, who has been missing since February with an injury and had hoped he could feature against Denmark on Thursday evening. However, the England boss has confirmed he is not where they had hoped in the recovery process.

He told reporters in Frankfurt: “He’s actually heading to where we originally thought he would be. We were hoping a few days ago that he would speed up that bit, but he needs a little more volume work.

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“He didn’t train with the group today because there are days when he has to do more than the rest of the group and days when he has to recover when the others are pushing. He is still in and out of the others, but also operates according to his own program.

During his stint as a pundit for the England-Serbia match for Dutch broadcaster NOS, Ten Hag claimed Shaw would not be back until the knockout stages. Responding to these specific comments, Southgate said: “Luke is an excellent player and that’s why we made the decision to bring him in, even though he hasn’t been playing for long.

“We were hopeful that this could happen as soon as possible. We don’t want to put a timeline on it, but he is making good progress.

“Obviously the balance he gives, the drive he gives, gives whoever plays with him on that side a different outlet. At the moment we don’t have him and we have to adapt.”

What Southgate did not comment on were Ten Hag’s other comments which were aimed directly at the England boss. United’s manager criticized Southgate’s ‘vision’ and that the Three Lions were too passive.

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