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Southgate tips Sancho to make the difference for England's Euro 2020

Sun 20 June 2021 | 10:24

Being left out of England's opening Group D win against Croatia, the Borussia Dortmund’s winger was an unused substitute during the Three Lions’ 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

The England boss 

Gareth Southgate

, who was criticized for not bringing on the 21-year-old winger 

when the Three Lions were chasing a winner against the Scots

, says the winger is in line to make his Euro 2020 debut against 

the Czech Republic on Tuesday

.

"We've got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time," 

Southgate 

told his pre-match conference. "So as a coaching staff we are realistic about our expectations of them as individuals.

"Jadon is in that mix. He's trained well the last few days and of course we have got those options and those decisions to make."

 

The 50-year-old English coach then went on to express his frustrations over preparing for the European Championship without some of his key players. 

Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, and Marcus Rashford

 all were unavailable for the Three Lions campaign as they finished their club seasons late due to European commitments.

"I think a lot of those players we didn't have for the friendlies, so the chemistry is something we didn't have a lot of opportunity to work on," 

Southgate 

added.

"We've got to just keep working on that. We know there are some very good players in there, we know they can perform better than they did (against Scotland) and we've got to help them to find that level.

"The important thing is that everyone gets behind the team and the players and they're going to need to feel that support and to feel that warmth. This is a relatively inexperienced group, I think the third least caps in the tournament. Against Scotland, it was a young team so that's a different experience for a lot of them than they've ever faced before.

"They've just about survived it. We want to be better and that's what we're going to work through in the next few days before we play the Czech Republic."

 


source: SportMob