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Euro 2020: Luke Shaw scores fastest-ever European Championship final goal for England v Italy

Luke Shaw celebrates his early goal for England against Italy at Euro 2020

Luke Shaw scored inside two minutes for England against Italy in the Euro 2020 final (Picture: Getty)

A rampant England got off to a dream start against Italy, with Luke Shaw volleying home the fastest ever goal in a European Championship final.

A fair few eyebrows were raised as Gareth Southgate decided to make one change to his side that beat Denmark in the semi-finals, with the Three Lions reverting to a back-three and Kieran Trippier replacing Bukayo Saka in the starting XI.

But any doubts regarding England’s team selection were immediately silenced as Shaw’s already outstanding campaign reached new heights just one minute and 57 seconds into Sunday evening’s showpiece.

The Manchester United star – who has been dubbed ‘Shawberto Carlos’ as a result of his heroics from left-back – started the hosts’ attack before passing to captain Harry Kane, who in turn found Trippier in acres of space down the right flank.

Trippier ignored Kyle Walker’s overlapping run and instead crossed to Shaw at the back post and the former Southampton man hammered home England’s opener in emphatic fashion on the volley.

Chus Pereda previously held the record for the fastest goal in a Euros final after his early effort in Spain’s 2-1 victory over the USSR way back in 1964.

It took Pereda just five minutes and 17 seconds to break the deadlock in that match 57 years ago.

Luke Shaw volleys home England's goal against Italy at Euro 2020 final

Shaw stunned the visitors inside two minutes at Wembley (Picture: Getty)

‘We talked about the formation. The two wing backs… it is pure genius,’ ex-England full-back Dixon said while reacting to Shaw’s stunner on ITV’s commentary.

‘Shaw sets it up, Kane nice and short in that hole he loves to play in, out to Trippier and the overlap gives him time to pick Shaw out.

‘What a chance at the chance at the far post to make yourself a hero and he doesn’t let anybody down.

‘It’s off his laces, outside of the post, what a start for England!’

Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos heaped praise on Shaw when addressing the comparisons with the England left-back in the build-up to the final.

‘You can see he’s very motivated, his performance against Ukraine was very good,’ Carlos said.

‘He’s been improving each game. I think he’s got everything to get to the top.

‘He’s the left-back for England – that in itself says a lot.’


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