Gareth Southgate said he substituted Jack Grealish in England’s Euro 2020 semi-final triumph against Denmark because he wanted to bolster the defense. Grealish entered the game as a second-half substitute and was taken off just 35 minutes later.
Southgate wanted to keep England’s lead over Denmark, so he substituted Kieran Trippier for the Aston Villa midfielder at the start of the second extra time period. Southgate explained this by saying (via the Metro):
“He’s fine – he got it, he was great when he came on, and he gave us a boost. However, we know that when they go behind in a game, they throw four men up front, so we wanted to bring in an extra defender to ensure that we were more solid.”
The England manager wanted to keep Raheem Sterling on the pitch because of his pace, therefore Grealish was replaced. Southgate continued, “
“I needed to maintain Raheem’s [Sterling’s] speed up, so I had to take one of the two newcomers off.”
In Southgate’s overarching ambition of leading England to Euro 2020 triumph, former Arsenal attacker Ian Wright feels the team should come before an individual. Wright stated, “
“I feel bad for Jack Grealish; you can see it’s a competition he really wants to be a part of, but it never quite works out for him. It’s not pleasant to be kicked off like way because you subbed a sub. But it’s all about being a member of the squad.”
Gareth Southgate has been chastised for not starting Grealish at Euro 2020 on a frequent basis. The Aston Villa talisman has only made one appearance, and that was in a group stage dead rubber against Czech Republic. Grealish, on the other hand, has had a fantastic Euro 2020 campaign. After coming off the bench, the 25-year-old made an impact against Croatia and Germany.
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