Roberto Carlos was impressed by an English star during the European Championships and expects the Three Lions to be World Cup challengers
Roberto Carlos considers Luke Shaw ‘the best player’ at Euro 2020, with the Left-back from Manchester United and England earns the nickname ‘Shawberto Carlos’ on the back of some notable exhibitions for club and country.
The monk was already awarded to the young 26-year-old before joining the Three Lions for the European Championships.
His reputation was enhanced during an unforgettable run-up to the final of a major international tournament, with the Red Devils defender delivering three assists and one goal before he had a heartbreaking penalty against Italy.
What was said?
Shaw can count the original Carlos among his ever-growing collection of fans, with the iconic Brazilian narrative GQ of a man with whom he is compared: ‘He was the best player in the tournament.
“He has to keep it that way; he has to keep playing that way. That’s important.”
Should there be more coming from England?
Gareth Southgate oversaw the runs to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the Nations League of 2019, before going one better at Euro 2020.
The challenge now is to ends a 55-year wait for large silverware, with Shaw and Co looking for worldwide glory during another 2022 World Cup.
Roberto Carlos expects England to do well in Qatar, with the 2002 champions adding: ‘I watched the whole Euro and the English team played really well.
‘Losing is part of the game, part of football, and I really hope they can do well at the World Cup.
“If they can maintain these standards, they deserve to win a trophy.”
Who else will shine in 2022?
England will be one of the candidates next winter, but a number of other countries – and leading lights in their respective ranks – will also want to shine, with some legendary figures chasing the eventual prize.
Asked who is looking forward to it, Roberto Carlos said: “I think it will be the same players as always: Kylian Mbappe, Nicolo Barella, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and, of course, Neymar.”