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Jose Mourinho has thrown another shade at Luke Shaw by saying he ‘wouldn’t think twice’ about playing Ben Chilwell ahead of him at left-back for England.
The Portuguese manager had a famously rocky relationship with Shaw during his time in charge at Manchester United, once claiming the defender was ‘playing with my brain’ because he needed constant instructions from the touchline.
But even though Mourinho admitted there has been an ‘evolution’ in Shaw’s game, he said he wouldn’t hesitate to play Chelsea man Chilwell if he were in Gareth Southgate’s shoes.
“Left back I would go with Chilwell, I wouldn’t think twice,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“I know that he plays normally at Chelsea with five [in defence] but he is intelligent, he covers the space and the diagonals inside very well.
“He is dangerous in attack, he is good in the air, he is good at set-pieces, he can defend well the possible long build-up from Croatia in the first phase.”
Asked why he wouldn’t pick Shaw, Mourinho added: “No, I think he has had a good season. Clearly an evolution in terms of emotion and professionalism.
“But I think Chilwell has something more, especially with the ball, the way he thinks and how he is calm under pressure. I like Chilwell.”
Source – Daily Mail