England boss explains Sancho’s move to Manchester in using his as a starter.
quarter-final match against Ukraine was the first game that
as a starter. There have been people thinking that maybe the 21-year-old’s move to Manchester United had a part in the manager’s decision. But the coach insisted that the player’s performance in training was the main reason for the decision alongside the tactical ideas.
The Three Lions boss told BBC Sport:
"He's [Sancho] been really bright in training in the last ten days or so.
"We've been looking for those moments in training, where they've been showing aggression with the ball, and he's really shown that.
"It looks like Ukraine are going to have five at the back. It's been a huge challenge for all our attacking players because we have got so much depth.
"We can't keep everyone happy but Jadon Sancho's profile for this game - we need one-versus-one specialists - he has got that ability.
"The Stadio Olimpico is a brilliant theatre. I think it's been good for us to come away from Wembley but we will find out over the next 90 minutes if that's going to be a deciding factor for us.
"We know the weather forecast is extremely hot. It's a lovely night for football.
"Ukraine have had a fantastic run and have already gone further than any of their teams in past in the European Championship.”
England manager Gareth Southgate has been facing a hard responsibility choosing between so many options that he has for his lineup for every game, and with every decision, a few pundits are criticizing his ideas, but with all the criticism and the headaches, the Three Lions have shown impressive performances so far in the competition.
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