Gareth Southgate rates Luke Shaw’s chance of being fit for Euro 2024

England could head into Euro 2024 without a recognised left-back in the squad after manager Gareth Southgate admitted Luke Shaw may not be fit enough to go to the tournament.

The Manchester United defender was the only genuine left-back named in the 33-player preliminary squad chosen by Southgate for this summer. But he hasn’t played for his club side since February 18 because of a long-term hamstring injury.

United boss Erik ten Hag recently revealed Shaw has suffered a setback which could impact his involvement for England this summer.

Speaking immediately after the squad was announced, Southgate conceded: “He’s up against it. He’s missed a lot of football. The fact that he has been our first choice in that position, we’ve probably given him a lot longer than we would have done.

“I’ve talked with him and the medical team, we’ve been liaising with Manchester United, I’m not sure what’s realistic at this time. I have to say, he’s a long shot.”

Shaw scored England’s early goal in the Euro 2020 final against Italy three years ago, as the Three Lions were eventually pegged back and lost a devastating penalty shootout.

Luke Shaw

Shaw last played for England 11 months ago / Robin Jones/GettyImages

The 28-year-old has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, but there was hope that after making 47 appearances for Manchester United in both 2020/21 and 2022/23 he might have put the worst of that behind him. But this season has yielded just 15 in all competitions.

Kieran Trippier, who has played at left-back for England before but is a right-back by trade, is most likely to get the nod if Shaw loses his fitness battle against the clock. Joe Gomez, naturally a centre-back, has spent a lot of this season playing on the left for Liverpool as injury cover.

Southgate did have other options at left-back that were overlooked. Ben Chilwell made it onto Chelsea’s bench for their penultimate game of the campaign after overcoming his own injury problems. Levi Colwill, although typically a centre-back like Gomez, is adept on the left and played there regularly for Chelsea this season. He regained fitness following injury in early May.

The England boss also declined to turn to Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell, who has impressed this season for an Eagles outfit that saw both Ebere Eze and Adam Wharton called up for the Three Lions this summer.

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Copa America 2024 stickers – where to buy, cost

Copa America 2024 stickers are now available to buy from multiple outlets worldwide to commemorate the 48th edition of the international tournament.

In honor of the upcoming competition, CONMEBOL partnered with Panini to deliver an exclusive sticker collection that celebrates the nations and athletes participating in the Copa America 2024. Along with watching and attending matches, fans can now experience the tournament through stickers.

The collection consists of 430 stickers that celebrate South American superstars, like Lionel Messi and Fede Valverde, the 16 qualified countries, and even the host stadiums throughout the United States.

The physical mementos are a rewarding and unique way to catalog the tournament in real time, as long as you know where to buy them for the best price.

Check out the Copa America 2024 sticker collection.

Check out the Copa America 2024 sticker collection. / CONMEBOL Copa America 2024, Panini

Fans can buy the official Copa America 2024 stickers from the Panini website. They offer a great deal that features both the sticker album and 18 sticker packets, each containing five stickers.

The album dedicates three pages to each qualified nation in the tournament, giving fans plenty of space to place the stickers of their choosing for each country. There are also pages devoted to the history of the Copa America.

The U.S. edition of the collection will even feature limited-edition, randomized parallel stickers.

Amazon also offers multiple options, from the softcover album to a box of 50 sticker packets. The prices, though, are much more expensive on Amazon.

Individual Copa America 2024 stickers cost $0.50. The Panini website gives buyers the chance to pick exactly which stickers they want for their collection.

Those looking for both the album and extra stickers can purchase the bundle from Panini for $24. For the same price, there is also a sticker collection with 20 sticker packets.

Amazon’s massive sticker box, featuring 50 packets of 5 stickers each, costs $60. Although the price is significantly higher, the box contains more than double the amount of stickers Panini’s deal offers.

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Copa America: All previous winners in the tournament’s history

After 47 editions of the Copa America, only eight different nations have won the tournament.

Ever since the first Copa America unfolded in 1916, South American soccer players have competed in the historic tournament with the goal of bringing the coveted title home to their country. Some players work their entire careers to lift an international trophy, especially as new superstars continue to emerge on the global stage.

Of the 10 participating CONMEBOL teams, Argentina and Uruguay have the most Copa America wins, each with 15. Brazil is not far behind with 9 wins. Most recently, Argentina won the tournament in 2021, led by Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María.

Despite Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil’s domination of the Copa America, the competition’s storied past includes other notable winners as well.

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Brazil won the Copa America in 2019. / LUIS ACOSTA/GettyImages

Check out the full list of all the Copa America previous winners from 1916 to 2021.

Year

Copa America Winner

Copa America Runner-up

2021

Argentina

Brazil

2019

Brazil

Peru

2016

Chile

Argentina

2015

Chile

Argentina

2011

Uruguay

Paraguay

2007

Brazil

Argentina

2004

Brazil

Argentina

2001

Colombia

Mexico

1999

Brazil

Uruguay

1997

Brazil

Bolivia

1995

Uruguay

Brazil

1993

Argentina

Mexico

1991

Argentina

Brazil

1989

Brazil

Uruguay

1987

Uruguay

Chile

1983

Uruguay

Brazil

1979

Paraguay

Chile

1975

Peru

Colombia

1967

Uruguay

Argentina

1963

Bolivia

Paraguay

1959

Uruguay

Argentina

1959

Argentina

Brazil

1957

Argentina

Brazil

1956

Uruguay

Chile

1955

Argentina

Chile

1953

Paraguay

Brazil

1949

Brazil

Paraguay

1947

Argentina

Paraguay

1946

Argentina

Brazil

1945

Argentina

Brazil

1942

Uruguay

Argentina

1941

Argentina

Uruguay

1939

Peru

Uruguay

1937

Argentina

Brazil

1935

Uruguay

Argentina

1929

Argentina

Paraguay

1927

Argentina

Uruguay

1926

Uruguay

Argentina

1925

Argentina

Brazil

1924

Uruguay

Argentina

1923

Uruguay

Argentina

1922

Brazil

Paraguay

1921

Argentina

Brazil

1920

Uruguay

Argentina

1919

Brazil

Uruguay

1917

Uruguay

Argentina

1916

Uruguay

Argentina

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Erling Haaland, Ollie Watkins and David Raya win Castrol Golden Awards

It’s been a truly historic season of Premier League football.

Records have been shattered, wonderful goals have been scored, shocking results have occurred, and a thrilling title race and relegation battle have both been enjoyed.

After all that, it’s time to hand out some awards.

Here’s the three winners of Castrol’s Golden Awards:

Erling Haaland

Top scorer / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Having enjoyed a record-breaking first season in the Premier League in 2022/23, Erling Haaland has continued to score goals for fun in 2023/24.

The towering striker has been exceptional in the final third throughout the season, netting a thoroughly impressive 27 goals – including a brace in Man City’s most important game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

Expect this to be the second of many Golden Boot awards he picks up during his time in the Premier League.

Ollie Watkins

Impressive season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Under the tutelage of Unai Emery, Ollie Watkins has gone from a very good striker to a world class one.

He enjoyed a career-best campaign this season, bagging a whopping 32 goal contributions to inspire Aston Villa to a top four finish.

His 13 assists were also enough to earn him this season’s Playmaker award.

David Raya

Impressive debut season at Arsenal / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Signed from Brentford on loan in the summer, David Raya has had a huge impact at Arsenal in his first season with the club.

As well as helping his side effectively play out from the back, he’s also kept a league high 16 clean sheets and conceded a league low 29 goals.

Ange Postecoglou laughs off supporter feud with hilarious Tottenham season review

Ange Postecoglou declined to reignite recent issues with Tottenham Hotspur supporters with a light-hearted look back at the club’s season.

The campaign ended in turbulent fashion for Spurs after Postecoglou hit out at supporters who wanted their side to lose against Manchester City – a result which ended up leading the Cityzens to the Premier League title at the expense of London rivals Arsenal.

At the end of his final press conference of the season, Postecoglou used his final question to poke fun at the whole incident.

Asked what he had learned from his first season at Spurs, Postecoglou responded: “I’ve learned that… no, I’ll put it to bed. Nothing really, mate. Pretty much as I expected.”

Despite the frustrations of recent weeks, a serious Postecoglou admitted he has loved his first year at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs held on to fifth in the Premier League table, earning them a spot in next season’s Europa League and showing the natural progression of a side still finding their feet in the post-Harry Kane era.

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Spurs are back in the Europa League / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

“It’s been good, it’s been eventful, it’s had a bit of everything,” he said. “I am obviously not delighted with the way we finished the season but in fairness to the players and staff we have been in the top five all season, in a year where there was a fair bit of upheaval, we finished eighth last year, player turnover, different football, different way of training, it is not easy to maintain a level when you are trying to do that.

“Even in our tough periods this year we have still been competitive for the most part. I think I have got maximum effort, which is all a manager can ask for.

“Contrary to my general demeanour, I have loved every minute of it. It is a great challenge in the Premier League and taking over a big club that didn’t have a great year last year. You understand it is not going to run smoothly. I have enjoyed the whole season.

“I have got some lofty ambitions for the football club and until we reach that point I am not going to be smiling too much. As I said, any manager what he wants is maximum effort and I have got that from everyone involved. I have enjoyed it and looking forward to pushing on from here.”

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