Luke Shaw: It's a privilege to play for England at any level

Monday 06 Oct 2014
Luke Shaw won his third senior cap against Costa Rica in Brazil

Luke Shaw says he is relishing the opportunity to play for England's Under-21s this week as they prepare for their vital European play-off.

The Young Lions are aiming to qualify for their fifth consecutive UEFA Championship, but Croatia stand in their way with games at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday followed by the away leg next Tuesday.

And Shaw, who was part of Roy Hodgson's senior squad at the World Cup in Brazil, wants to help Gareth Southgate's men seal their place in next year's finals.  

England v Croatia

UEFA Euro U21 Championship
Play-off first leg
5.45pm, Friday 10 October 2014
Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Live on BT Sport
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"I spoke to Roy about it - he rang me the week before [the squad] came out. I'm not dropping down there because I haven't been playing, so it's for me to help out the Under-21s. 

"I think it's a great idea for me to go to help and get some game-time as well."

Shaw, 19, joined Manchester United shortly after England's return from Brazil but was sidelined during the opening stages of the Premier League season due to injury.

It also meant he missed the Three Lions opening Euro 2016 qualifier last month but, having already made three appearances for the Under-21s, he is looking forward to this week's two important fixtures.

"It's always been a privilege to play for my country, no matter what level it is, and I will do it and do my best," he said. 

"I've been unlucky with the Under-21s as I've had a lot of injuries but I still feel I can go and help out. I'm really looking forward to it."

Luke Shaw, Manchester United

Luke Shaw made his second appearance for United on Sunday

With the finals in Czech Republic next summer the aim for Southgate's men, Shaw says he would be keen to be involved - should England qualify.

And having featured in England's final World Cup group game against Costa Rica in June, he believes tournament football can only help young players learn more about international football.  

"I always want to help out my country and I know there are few other lads who can also drop down as well next summer," he said. 

"I've had a little discussion about it with Gareth Southgate, but nothing too big. I'm away with them for the next couple of weeks and we can get to talk about it properly then. 

"I went away for the World Cup and it was an amazing experience. It's vital for any young player.

"This summer coming up could be another time when I could get more experience at tournament level."

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By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor At St. George's Park