Luke Shaw is set for an England recall next week, ending a 26-month international exile.

The Manchester United defender hasn’t been included in a Three Lions squad since September 2018.

And despite emerging as a regular at Old Trafford during that time, he has struggled to persuade Gareth Southgate that he should be England’s first choice.

But Southgate was much criticised for using Kieran Trippier at left wing-back last month, although he also handed Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka his bow in the same position.

Now Shaw, as first reported by the Daily Star, will join Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell - back fit and Southgate’s first choice - in the squad for the international friendly with the Republic of Ireland and UEFA Nations League clashes with Belgium and Iceland, when it’s announced on Thursday.

Shaw has won just eight caps since making his England debut in 2014.

Shaw is set for an England recall

Now 25, he has been a key player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, and has also been used on the left-side of a back three - a position where Southgate could also look to use him, as he continues to decide between playing 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 next summer.

Asked about Shaw, Southgate said last month: "The door is certainly open.

“I don't think we've ever closed the door on any player - and we certainly wouldn't on Luke.

“He's more than capable of being the best left-back in the country in my opinion."

Shaw recently admitted that he would be delighted to return to the Three Lions set up.

He stated: “I'd be lying if I (said I) hadn't thought about it, but, you know, I've got to keep working hard, keep my head down and whatever happens happens.

“But, of course, it's everyone's dream to be involved in the Euros."

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