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Shaw focused on Three Lions

Luke Shaw insists talk of a potential £30 million ($63m) move to Manchester United will not distract him from his World Cup duties with England.

Shaw's remarkable progression reached new heights, when he was named in England's 23-man squad ahead of his boyhood idol, Ashley Cole.

When asked if the transfer talk was distracting, the Southampton left back said: "No, not at all. It is something that is not even on my mind.

"I am here to play for England and that is all I am focused on. It doesn't bother me one bit."

News of Cole's omission leaked the night before the squad was officially announced, but even then Shaw refused to believe he had made the cut.

"I saw Ashley had tweeted, saying he had retired from international football on the Sunday night, but then I didn't think I was definitely going because there's Kieran Gibbs as well," Shaw said.

"I found out I was in only when the squad was announced. I couldn't sleep on Sunday night.

"I was with my family and it was a very proud moment for us.

"It was something I had dreamed of, to represent my country at a World Cup. It is the best feeling in the world."

Shaw's emergence has effectively ended Cole's 13-year long international career, and it certainly is ironic.

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That is because he still sees the 33-year-old as an idol.

Shaw, along with the rest of his family - who are nearly all Chelsea fans - have been to Stamford Bridge countless times to sing the left back's name from the terraces.

"As I was a Chelsea fan when I was younger, I used to go to the games with my mates, and he was someone I idolised (because of) the way he played his game and I looked up to him massively," said Shaw, who made his England debut against Denmark in March.

"It is a really weird feeling to replace someone I have idolised.

"A few years ago, I was watching him on TV. It is unbelievable how far I have come.

"I have had two years playing in the Premier League - now I am going to represent my country at the World Cup."

If Shaw does move to United, then he will have to battle another veteran, Patrice Evra, for a starting spot.

The Frenchman was considering leaving United after eight years at the club, but he has decided to extend his contract by another 12 months.

A tweet from United's official Twitter account read: "We can confirm that Patrice Evra has extended his contract at #mufc for another year."

Evra had looked set to leave after it emerged United were tracking Shaw.

But the French defender has opted to remain until the end of Louis van Gaal's first year in charge. 
- PA Sport.