Heartbroken Luke Shaw reveals his grandma died just before England’s first World Cup match after a long battle with cancer

LUKE SHAW says the support of Gareth Southgate and his team-mates helped him get over the death of his grandmother, who passed away before the opening game of England’s World Cup season.

After the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Wales, Shaw admitted he mourned his grandmother but had the full support of his colleagues in Qatar.

Southgate and the England squad have helped Shaw work through his loss

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Southgate and the England squad have helped Shaw work through his lossCredit: PA

The Manchester United full-back said: “Unfortunately, my nan passed away.”

“She had cancer for a long time and sadly passed away just before the first game.

“Gareth has been really good to me. He spoke to me and said ‘okay, you have to take your time and focus’, but I’m out here, this World Cup means so much to me and I didn’t want to miss anything.

“Of course I had time to mourn and now it’s time to focus fully on the World Cup.”

Shaw says her death will motivate him to do his best with England. “Yes, you could say that. She was a really important part of my childhood. I’ve spent a lot of time with her.

“Unfortunately, she was ill for a long time and suffered a lot. It was long ago. But I had time to mourn and now my full focus is on the World Cup.”

Marcus Rashford also revealed he dedicated his opening goal against Wales in memory of a friend who had just died of cancer and Shaw says the team spirit in the England camp is hugely supportive.

The defender added: “Yes, 100 percent. I think the cohesion in the squad is something I’ve never experienced in a team, everyone is so close together. We get along so well and we push each other every day to be better and keep the standards higher.

“And especially after the USA game you saw how the team is. The boys’ training the next day with the bystanders was top-class and shows this togetherness.

“I think that helps the spirit and the company, brings everyone closer together and the squad is a very strong unit.”

The team now goes into the round of 16 with a duel against Senegal on Sunday.

Shaw has started every game so far and hopes to help England progress to the final.

The 27-year-old scored after two minutes as England reached a major final for the last time before the Three Lions lost to Italy on penalties at last year’s Euro.

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