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England boss Gareth Southgate confirms Luke Shaw is awake and fine after being carried off on stretcher following horror head injury during England’s Nations League opener against Spain

England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed that Shaw was awake and conscious in the England dressing room after being stretchered off with a serious head injury during their Nations League opener against Spain.

The Manchester United left-back was attempting to head away a high ball when he collided with Real Madrid’s right-back Dani Carvajal in the 46th minute of Saturday’s game.

Shaw was treated by 10 medical staff on the pitch for over six minutes and had to be provided with oxygen, but Southgate offered a positive update, while Shaw himself tweeted that he felt fine.

Southgate said: ‘He’s sat up in the dressing room and talking and seems fairly comfortable.

‘We’ll have to assess him a bit more overnight and tomorrow. But that’s definitely a good sign anyway.’

Shaw tweeted: ‘Thank you for all the love and support I am doing fine and am in the best hands. I’m a fighter so I will be back soon!’

Southgate admitted it was too early to confirm or rule out a concussion, with more tests due to be carried out.

He added: ‘It’s difficult to tell at the moment. We’ll go through some tests. It’s obviously a nasty looking fall and collision.

‘We certainly won’t take any chances with his health. The good news is he is awake and talking and seems fairly comfortable.’

The manager also had praise for Shaw’s progress pre-injury, having played a role in England’s goal after 11 minutes.

Southgate added: ‘I think as you say, great contribution for the goal and you know it’s a big thing with throwing him in today after a few games of the season.

‘We’ve got quite a few players who are short of minutes and short of a bit of sharpness. So to come in tonight after so long out of international scene is as tough a test as you can have. I thought he had good moments.

‘He’s a player who can have a big part to play for us as we move forward. That balance with the left footer for us with him and Danny tonight was an advantage in several situations.’

England confirmed after the match: ‘Luke is awake and alert, having been assessed by our doctor and given an X-ray. He’ll stay with us overnight for further observation, with another update to come in the morning.’

Spain boss Luis Enrique also offered his thoughts to Shaw after the match.

He said: ‘It was difficult for both teams. It is strange when you have that situation. I hope he is recovered very soon and I think it was a strange situation for everybody. That’s football and you have to play after that.’

The 23-year-old had performed well until the blow, setting up the opening goal of the night for club team-mate Marcus Ashford.

Shaw was replaced by Danny Rose in the 52nd minute and was taken down the tunnel to a huge round of applause from the Wembley crowd.

Protocol dictates that if Shaw suffered a concussion, he will be unavailable for Tuesday night’s game against Switzerland at the King Power stadium.

Shaw was also put into a neck brace before he was moved from the Wembley turf.

His club manager Jose Mourinho was watching on from the stands at Wembley.

After the match, Harry Kane told Sky: ‘It looked horrible. I haven’t seen Lukey yet but hopefully he’s alright. ‘

Team-mates were quick to offer their support to the youngster on social media, with Ashley Young tweeting: ‘Hope that’s not as serious as it looked @lukeshaw23, wishing you a speedy recovery.’

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