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Luke Shaw made more assists in four minutes than Zinedine Zidane did in 14 Euros games

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In England’s 4-0 victory over Ukraine, Luke Shaw provided more assists in less than four minutes than Zinedine Zidane did in 14 appearances at the European Championship

Of all the quirky statistics doing the rounds, here is a really off-the-wall one.

Against Ukraine, Luke Shaw provided more assists in less than four minutes (two) than Zinedine ­Zidane did in 14 appearances at the Euros (one).

Shaw laughed: “A very strange stat. A nice one, I think. Obviously Zidane was one of the best ­midfielders ever and I can’t ­compare to him, like I’ve said ­before about different people.

“It’s a nice stat to hear but the most important thing for me was reaching the semi-final, getting another game at Wembley in front of our own crowd, and hopefully making them happy again.”

While Shaw might not be in the same elite bracket as names such as Zidane, he is emerging as one of the stand-out ­players of Euro 2020, despite not featuring in the opening win against Croatia.

But when asked about the possibility of individual accolades, Shaw laughed again.

“I think, for me, ­nowhere near the player of the tournament,” he ­declared.

But he knows a man who he reckons should be a ­contender – the man who has kept five consecutive clean sheets.

 

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