Miami Tweet: Luke Shaw chats to fans on Twitter

Saturday 07 Jun 2014
Luke Shaw is enjoying being a part of the World Cup squad

Luke Shaw says the excitement is building inside the England game with a week to go before they kick-off their World Cup campaign against Italy.

The 18-year-old made his second appearance for the Three Lions in the 2-2 draw against Ecuador on Wednesday night and says he and the rest of the squad want to make the country proud.

Shaw spent the afternoon with us in Miami as he chatted to fans on Twitter @England talking about Brazil, the spirit in the camp and the Southampton connection in the squad as he was paid a visit by a pair of Iguanas!

Luke Shaw's Miami Twitter chat via @England

"There's a real good buzz around the camp, everyone is excited for the biggest tournament in the world and everyone wants to do well," said the left-back. 

"As a team we're preparing right for the first game and the main thing is that everyone wants to make the England fans proud."

England have been together for nearly three weeks as they build-up to the World Cup and Shaw has been impressed with the level of preparation that Roy Hodgson and his back-room team have done.

Against the Ecuadorians, temperatures reached nearly 30 degrees in Miami and he believes it's just what England needed as the look to their opener against Italy in Manaus.

"[Hodgson's] worked very well with us over the last couple of weeks. Obviously the main focus is that game against Italy on 14 June, so we're prepping everything for that game," said Shaw.

"In training and before the game he's very good with us. He's a great manager and I think he can bring us a lot of success." 

"It was a very tough game, Ecuador were a very good team. I wouldn't say it was a surprise because they are in the World Cup, so they are obviously going to be good. I think they were unbeaten in the group above Uruguay.

Luke Shaw

Luke's loving the spirit in the England camp

"It was very warm, but the last two weeks we've been training, maybe not in heat like that, but we've been to Portugal and been wearing rain jackets, to get used to the humidity. 

"It was tough playing in those conditions but we've got to get used to it for when we go out to Brazil. Personally I enjoyed every minute of it, and it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

Shaw also had a word for his former Southampton team-mate Rickie Lambert, who netted another goal for England in the draw with Ecuador. 

"I'm very pleased for Rickie to score another great goal. He's been amazing for Southampton and deserves everything he gets. 

He added: "The same for Adam [Lallana] really, he's been our best player. With the England call-ups, he's started a few games as well, so I'm really please for both of them and hopefully they can carry that into the tournament."

Check out Luke's tweets to the fans @England #askLuke...

By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor in Miami