Frank Lampard names the England sub who must start Euro 2024 semi-final
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Frank Lampard reacting to England’s Euro 2024 win (Picture: BBC)

wants to start in ’s semi-final after the Three Lions beat Switzerland on penalties to keep their European dream alive.

Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold all scored from the spot in a tense shootout in Dusseldorf after the quarter-final tie finished 1-1.

Despite going through, – as they have done throughout the Euros – and trailed with 15 minutes remaining through Breel Embolo’s late goal.

But before Southgate’s side showed class and composure in the shootout.

Attention almost immediately turned to Wednesday’s semi-final – when England will face the Netherlands or Turkey – and Lampard wants Shaw to start after he got his first minutes at the Euros against Switzerland.

The Manchester United defender, who has been recovering from a long-term hamstring injury, provided England with more balance and control on the left-hand side following his introduction in the 78th minute.

Luke Shaw made a second-half cameo against Switzerland (Picture: Getty)

‘I think if he is fit he starts,’ Lampard said of Shaw on BBC’s coverage of the quarter-final victory.

‘He gives England that balance. He looked pretty good when he came on. If he’s fit I would play him.’

Ex-England defender Rio Ferdinand added: ‘Luke Shaw gave us that balance again.’

Asked if he will start the semi-final, Ferdinand said: ‘Maybe. It’s a big call. Look him in the eye and ask him. If he gives you the right answer he plays.’

England advance to the semi-finals (Picture: Getty)

While England were unable to beat Switzerland in normal time, Bellingham believes the Three Lions produced their ‘best performance of the tournament’ to advance to the semis.

‘All in all it’s probably our best performance of the tournament,’ Bellingham said. ‘We’ve very proud of the boys.

‘The things you can’t always measure and see is character and mentality and we showed that again in the shootout. For subs to come on and take a penalty in that pressure is a special, special thing.’

On the shootout, Bellingham added: ‘I do the practice like all the other lads and I have my process. I rely on the practice I do.

‘Sometimes you can step up and miss. I always think there’s a comfort when you’re following a process you’ve come to terms with.’

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