Former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp has urged Gareth Southgate to start Jack Grealish in England’s round of 16 game against Germany on Tuesday night – claiming he ‘will have field day’ if he gets the nod. The Aston Villa skipper was finally handed his first Euro 2020 start for England against the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening.
Grealish was one of the standout performers for the Three Lions in their warm-up fixtures prior to the tournament.
However, Southgate opted for a trio of Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Phil Foden to play behind Harry Kane against Croatia and Scotland.
But, after Grealish’s impressive performance against Czech Republic – which saw him assist Sterling for the only goal of the game – Redknapp is keen for the 25-year-old to be given another chance in the England starting XI.
“I really hope Gareth [Southgate] plays Jack Grealish again, too – although I have my doubts as to whether he will – because he could have a field day,” Redknapp told The Sun.
“Phil Foden has got to come back in and, of course, you can’t drop Raheem Sterling after scoring the winner in two games so far.
The Three Lions found themselves 2-0 down but pulled one back through Matthew Upson.
Frank Lampard then scored a perfectly legitimate goal but, despite the ball clearly crossing the line, it was ruled out.
England then slumped to a nightmare 4-1 defeat and manager at the time, Fabio Capello, was sacked 18 months later.
And Redknapp, who reportedly nearly succeeded Capello as England boss, is confident that they can finally get one over on Die Mannschaft.
“I haven’t said this too often in the past but nothing about Germany scares me and I’m delighted we’re playing them,” he added.
“None of us need telling how they’ve broken English hearts more than once over the years. But this time I honestly believe they are there for the taking.
“It’s a great, great draw because I think both France and Portugal would have given us a far bigger test.
“When you’re a manager, there are certain games when you think “this is perfect for us” and this is one of them.”