Luke Shaw says England are very motivated ahead of their World Cup clash with Wales after their rivals celebrated the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 elimination in a big way.
The infamous video, circulated after England’s embarrassing round of 16 defeat to Iceland six and a half years ago, shows Wales players enjoying the passing of their furious rivals.
Wales exceeded expectations by reaching the semi-finals of this competition despite losing to England in the group stage, but they had less success in Qatar 2022.
The Dragons need a win over England at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium if they want to avoid a group stage exit and should hope the US and Iran draw elsewhere.
Wales’ four-goal victory over neighbors on Tuesday would also have been enough, but they have not escaped defeat to England in their last six meetings.
Shaw, who played an invaluable role in England’s 6-2 victory over Iran and a goalless draw with the United States, thinks the 2016 scenes will spice up an already fierce game.
“I think you could say that,” Shaw said. “But our motivation itself should be at the highest level. We are at the World Cup. We have big goals that we want to achieve.
“We have to be as motivated as possible in every game. I don’t think there is more motivation than what we already have.
“It was unpleasant. I don’t want to dwell on this too much. I want to focus on what we do on the field. We can say different things in interviews and I prefer to talk on the pitch.”
Asked if English players would consider recording similar celebratory scenes if they knocked out Wales, Shaw said: “I think we are a respectable group.
“We are doing everything right. This is an example of Gareth [Southgate] wants to install. We fully support this. We fully respect.
“I think their motivation will be extremely high. They are going to give everything to win. This is not an easy game. But we need to focus on what we’re doing.”
England will qualify for the play-offs if they avoid a heavy defeat to Wales, although Southgate’s side will be looking to win to guarantee a top spot in Group B.
Speaking ahead of England’s first World Cup match against a British side, Southgate said: “We have to play well.
“We will be playing with an opponent who is injured and, like everyone else, is desperately trying to defeat the British. We must play an intellectual game, play well and be in line with their spirit.
“I would be very disappointed if someone said that their players would want this more than ours. I would ask questions about what we stand for and who we have been for five years.”
England have lost their third and final group stage game in just two of their 14 World Cup matches (W7 D5), having done so against Spain in 1950 and Belgium in 2018.