Gareth Southgate has overlooked Jadon Sancho for England’s first two group games at Euro 2020.
The England boss is blessed with some of the finest creative talents in Europe, but his side have only managed one goal so far in the summer tournament. They lacked creative edge against both Croatia and Scotland, with striker Harry Kane cutting an isolated figure up front in both fixtures.
As such, Sancho and Jack Grealish’s continued lack of involvement has left pundits and fans alike confused. The Aston Villa goalscorer has only been used off the bench, while the Borussia Dortmund star is yet to play a single minute at the European Championship.
Just one fact that makes this absence puzzling is that, Sancho, in particular, racked up more assists than any of his countrymen in all competitions during the 2020/21 season.
The Three Lions will face the Czech Republic on Tuesday, and Southgate was asked about his selections for England’s final group game.
“We’ve got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time,” the 50-year-old replied.
“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 Man Utd transfer target – itching to prove himself in the competition – could just be an answer to England’s issues in the final third.