Manchester United footballer, Luke Shaw has revealed that his grandmother passed away just before the World Cup, calling it his source of motivation in Qatar.
Shaw explained that she had been battling cancer for some time and passed before England kicked off their tournament.
“My Nan sadly passed away before (the tournament),” Shaw told The Athletic.
“She had cancer for a long while and unfortunately she passed away just before the first game. But of course Gareth was really good with me, spoke to me and said: ‘Is everything ok?’ If I need to have time away just focus on that. But I’m here, this World Cup means so much to me and I didn’t want to miss anything.”
On her memory being a source of motivation in Qatar, he said: “She was a really important part of my childhood. I spent a lot of time with her. Unfortunately, she had cancer for a long while and suffered a lot, so it had been a long thing. But I’ve had time to grieve and fully focus on the World Cup.”
Since his grandmother’s passing, Shaw has started each of England’s group games and had played every second before coming off in the 65th minute of their rampant win over Wales on Tuesday November 29. He has picked up one assist so far in Qatar.
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