So, on the anniversary of his £30m signing for Manchester United, he was able to laugh off the fact that Jose Mourinho still seems on a one-man mission to destroy him. Three years ago, Shaw revealed on England duty that a horror tackle in 2015 nearly caused him to lose his right leg.
His chance to win over the Old Trafford fans had barely got started, and by the time he was in contention for a first team place again, Jose Mourinho had taken over the reins.
To this day, Shaw still does not know why he seemed immediately to take against him.
However, two-and-a-half years after Mourinho was sacked due to poor results, the 25-year-old just wishes that the sniping would stop now that he himself is excelling at a major tournament about to go into the biggest match of his life.
“I don’t really understand it, to be honest,” he said.
“I don’t know why he is still going on and wanting to point at me.
“I don’t feel like the set pieces were as bad as he was saying.
“I might have done one in the second half, a corner, that didn’t get over the first man.
“But that was one out of three. The other two or three, I don’t think, were as ‘dramatically bad’ as he says.
“Look, he has got to do his job. He has got his opinion.
“I am used to him saying negative stuff about me now, so I just pass it by.
“I leave it be, I ignore it. I just focus on what the coaching staff say here – what Gareth says – and that’s that, really.”
Southgate tried twice to bring Shaw back into the England fold while he was trying to find his way back into regular first-team football under Mourinho.
But his call-up in March came after two-and-a-half years in the international wilderness.
“Do I laugh it off now? Yeah, because I don’t think any of you realise the two or three years I had with him and how bad it was then, what it was like then,” Shaw said.
“What he says now is nothing compared to how it used to be.
“I am being totally honest. I am so past it now.
“I have grown up a lot. The three years I had with him, I learnt a lot.
“I find it easy to ignore him now and even laugh about it.
“But it’s better just to ignore it (and) move on with my life.”
So while Mourinho sits watching on the box if the aftermath of his disastrous tenure at Spurs, Shaw is waiting to do the whole nation a favour.
“Beating Germany would feel unbelievable,” he said.
“Not just for us as players, but for the whole nation to see – that would be brilliant.
“Of course what’s happened in the past is the past, but us as players, as a whole team, want to create our own story.
“What a perfect way to start that by hopefully beating Germany and setting a tone for the rest of the tournament.”
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