Hodgson shares Van Gaal’s fears over Man United youngster’s fitness

first_img1 England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted he shares Louis van Gaal’s concerns about Luke Shaw’s fitness.Manchester United splashed out £30million to sign the 19-year-old from Southampton in the summer, making him the most expensive teenage footballer in history.But he did not make a positive early impression on Van Gaal, who claimed the left-back was unable to “perform” to the standards required of him and put him on an individually tailored programme.Shaw’s difficult start at Old Trafford has been compounded by a hamstring injury and, alarmingly for United fans, Hodgson has now conceded he too harboured doubts about the player’s fitness levels at the World Cup.“I must say watching him play in the matches for Southampton, he didn’t seem to have too many problems coping with the physical side of the game,” Hodgson said.“But that doesn’t mean to say he can’t be fitter and if Louis thinks that he can get him fitter then I’m sure he will certainly have our approval.“I think when he [Van Gaal] talks to [former Saints boss Mauricio] Pochettino then Pochettino will say to him: ‘what you were saying to Luke Shaw is what I was actually saying to him’.“He [Shaw] might have had it mentioned to him a couple of times during the World Cup when we were together by people like myself and [England physio] Gary Lewin.”Shaw had no problem with Van Gaal’s criticism and, in fairness to the 19-year-old, he looked a lot sharper towards the end of pre-season.Unfortunately for him, he then sustained a hamstring injury that has prevented him from making his United debut and has also ruled him out of England’s upcoming double-header against Norway and Switzerland.Hodgson feels Shaw will have to work hard to get himself back up to the standards required of an England and Manchester United regular.“I think a lot of Luke’s situation is purely down to the fact that he is still young, his body is changing but I think he’s aware that the work rate which is required does mean that he’s got to work very, very hard on that aspect of his game,” said Hodgson, who handed Shaw his first England cap in March before picking him for the World Cup ahead of Ashley Cole.“I think he’s been aware of it, Luke, and he will get fitter and stronger, not least because he’s still a very young man and his body has not yet reached its proper proportions for the level he wants to play at.” Luke Shaw in action for England last_img read more

Wigan chairman handed one-week extension to respond to misconduct charge

first_img Dave Whelan The Football Association has given Wigan chairman Dave Whelan an extra week to respond to his misconduct charge, after the 78-year-old was charged with an aggravated breach of its rules.Whelan’s comments about Jewish and Chinese people were made in the aftermath of the Latics’ controversial appointment of Malky Mackay as manager.The chairman publicly apologised for the comments attributed to him in the Guardian and also suggested he may have been misquoted, yet was still charged by football’s governing body.The Wigan owner had until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge, but the FA has now granted him a week’s extension.The FA announced on Twitter: “Following a request by Dave Whelan, The FA has granted him an extension to the date by which he had to reply to his misconduct charge for media comments. The Wigan Athletic chairman now has until 6pm on Friday 12 December 2014 to respond to the charge.” 1last_img read more