Luke Shaw vs Ben Chilwell – have Dream Team Euros bosses got it right?

With just two days until Euro 2020 gets underway, Dream Team Euros gaffers have some big decisions to make.

Take England’s left-back conundrum for example.

At this stage it’s unclear whether Luke Shaw (£3.0m) or Ben Chilwell (£3.5m) is going to start for the Three Lions against Croatia this Sunday.

Dream Team bosses evidently believe Man United’s No3 is top of the pecking order as he currently features in 11.3% of teams compared to Chilwell’s 6.5%.

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The Chelsea defender’s ownership is not to be sniffed at either. He’s currently more popular than Lucas Hernandez, Jan Vertonghen and Stefan de Vrij – three guaranteed starters for group favourites.

Chilwell was excellent in the Champions League final and enjoyed an impressive first campaign at Stamford Bridge generally despite a brief relegation to second-choice in Thomas Tuchel’s first few weeks.

Whereas Shaw was arguably Man United’s next-best player after Bruno Fernandes in 2020/21.

Chilwell has generally been England’s first-choice left-back in recent years and has not been guilty of any notable errors for his country.

Perhaps Dream Team Euros bosses were swayed when it was confirmed that Shaw would England’s No3 this summer – although it’s likely Chilwell was happy with No21 as that’s the number he wears for Chelsea.

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Whatever Gareth Southgate decides, a sizeable portion of gaffers are going to be disappointed.

It begs the question: why risk it?

Does it not make sense to select another defender who is certain to play in the first week, especially as England’s opening game is against their hardest group opponents?

John Stones and co will be more confident of keeping clean sheets against Scotland and Czech Republic than the World Cup runners-up from 2018.

Unless you know something others don’t and are absolutely convinced you know who Southgate is planning to start at left-back, the safe choice would be to wait for the second round of fixtures before recruiting Shaw or Chilwell.

If you are confident of an England clean sheet against Luke Modric and company then Kyle Walker (£3.5m) would be a safer bet as he’s likely to start regardless of the formation.

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