Stuart Pearce: 'Luke Shaw to earn Under-21 call-up'

Southampton's Luke Shaw on October 30, 2012
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England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce reveals that Southampton defender Luke Shaw is likely to receive his first call-up to his squad for the friendly with Sweden in February.

England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce has revealed that he has been impressed with the performances of Southampton teenager Luke Shaw.

The 17-year-old has made 16 appearances for the Saints this season and after witnessing some of the left-back's displays for himself, Pearce believes that Shaw is an "outstanding talent" and that he could feature for his Under-21 side against Sweden next month.

When asked how far away Shaw is from an international call-up, Pearce told BBC South Sport: "Probably about two weeks away. I think Luke is an outstanding talent.

"I've seen a fair bit of him over the last month or so. I'll be down on Monday to watch the game against Everton, I was there on Wednesday night against Chelsea also.

"I don't think I've seen him play badly in all the games I've seen of him. For a 17-year-old playing at that standard that's quite impressive."

Shaw has previously represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level.

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