Scotland legend Darren Fletcher "celebrated" Luke Shaw's England goal in Euro 2020 final
Scotland legend Darren Fletcher "celebrated" Luke Shaw's goal for England in the final of Euro 2020.
England faced Italy at Wembley in July, with Manchester United 's Shaw breaking the deadlock inside two minutes by covering a Kieran Trippier cross, sending the nation into ecstasy before suffering heartbreaking defeat on penalties at the hands of Italy.
Fletcher spent a total of 20 years at the club from his years in the academy to winning the Champions League and five Premier League titles.
He also made 80 Scotland appearances over 14 years but had to watch on after his nation crashed out at the group stage due to picking up just one point in their three matches.
However, the Red Devils' player-turned-technical director put rivalries aside for the final and Shaw claims Fletcher got caught up in the excitement of the goal.
In an interview with UMM for their Man Utd Assumptions Special, the left-back revealed as the Scot, appointed technical director in March, walked by: "The experience was the best 5 weeks of my life in football.
"Darren Fletcher said he celebrated my goal just for the Scotland fans out there. I don’t remember how I celebrated. I didn’t really celebrate, I just ran off!
Shaw also admitted: "I’m not used to scoring goals, I don’t have a celebration."
Following misses from Red Devils teammates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho along with a miss from Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka, the Three Lions suffered shoot-out pain but the 25-year-old is remaining positive.
Regarding England's chances of winning the Qatar World Cup in the winter of 2022, he stated: "Of course, it’s tournament football so you never know what can happen - you know, injuries or what not.
"So we can’t look too far ahead. But of course, the confidence should be very high and it’s one to look forward to."
Shaw also has high aspirations for the current United squad, believing that the club's young talent can help fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co to glory.
"I think they’re growing day in and day out and it helps them being at a club like this," he stated.
"They’re not just growing as a footballer on the pitch, I think mentally off it they’re growing, they’re maturing, they’re learning what this club is about.
"The world is at their feet, but I think what a lot of people don’t realise is the pressures and expectations that came with a massive club like this," continued the Three Lions international.
"But of course, good for them that they’re learning it at such a young age so when they’re older and hopefully win the league, they’ve experienced it all."
One of United's most promising starlets is Mason Greenwood, who scored his 20th Premier League goal as a teenager with a wining strike in the victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers before the ongoing international break.
After some self-praise, Shaw had nothing but plaudits for the 19-year-old.
"He hates coming up against me in training," he joked. "But the talent he’s got is so scary it’s unbelievable.
"I think he’ll be one of the most talked about players in the world in the next 2 or 3 years."