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Gareth Southgate responds to calls to start Jadon Sancho for England’s Euro 2020 clash with Czech Republic


Jadon Sancho is yet to play a single minute for England at Euro 2020 (Picture: Getty)

Gareth Southgate says England’s embarrassment of riches in attack has been the main reason for Jadon Sancho’s absence so far at Euro 2020.

Sancho had an outstanding end to the season in Germany with Borussia Dortmund but is yet to play a single minute at this summer’s tournament and there has been a clamour for the 21-year-old to be given the nod against the Czech Republic tomorrow night.

Harry Kane started in the middle of Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling for England’s opening 1-0 victory over Croatia in Group D and the latter was widely praised after scoring the winning goal at Wembley.

And while Kane, Foden and Sterling struggled to break down Scotland’s resolute defence in last Friday’s goalless stalemate – with the England captain’s form becoming a major concern – Southgate insisted the trio had his full support at a press conference on Monday evening.

Sterling and Kane struggled in England’s stalemate with Scotland at Wembley (Picture: Getty)

Asked why Sancho is yet to feature, the England head coach told reporters: ‘We just have so many good attacking players so Raheem, Phil Foden in terms of wide players or players that can play in those areas and come inside.

‘We have Raheem, with have Phil Foden, we have Jack Grealish, we have Marcus Rashford, we have Bukayo Saka and we have Jadon.

‘They are all very good players so if you weren’t asking me about Jadon, you’d be asking me about one of the others. That’s the nature of it.’

Sancho will hope to feature in England’s final group game (Picture: Getty)

Southgate brushed off the suggestion that some of his squad may be struggling with ‘fatigue’ after their limp display against Steve Clarke’s Scotland.

‘No, I think we had a tactical problem to break Scotland down,’ he replied when asked whether he needed to bring in some fresh legs versus the Czech Republic.

‘We couldn’t get the overloads in wide areas as easily as we had done in previous matches and that’s great credit to Scotland. We’ve talked that through with the team.

‘I think the majority of players are in great physical shape.

‘We have got players that we haven’t started that have missed training or have had injuries so that’s part of the reason for some of those guys not having started those games.

‘But the team that started against Scotland were in good physical shape and I’ve got no concerns about that.’

England announced this evening that Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have been forced to isolate after coming into contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who has since tested positive for Covid-19.

However, talks are ongoing to determine whether the Chelsea duo can face the Czech Republic and Southgate refused to rule them out of the Three Lions’ final group match.

‘We don’t know at the moment, there’s obviously got to be quite a doubt but there’s still a lot of discussions and investigations going on behind the scenes,’ he said.

‘At the moment they’re isolating and we just have to find out over the next 12 hours or so.’


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