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 understood, he was terrific when he came on, he gave us momentum. But we know when they’ve gone behind in games they’ve thrown four men up front so we needed to get an extra defender on just to make sure we were more solid.”
The England manager wanted to keep Raheem Sterling on for his pace which was the prime reason for subbing off Grealish. Southgate added:
“I wanted to keep Raheem’s [Sterling] speed on so it meant taking one of the two boys off who had just come on.”
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.
69′ – Jack Grealish subs on for England
105′ – Jack Grealish comes off for England
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 7, 2021
England one game away from Euro 2020 glory
England qualified for the Euro 2020 final with a win against Denmark, where they will face an in-form Italian side. England has reached their first major final since the 1966 World Cup final, thanks to Gareth Southgate. England is also making its first participation in a European Championship final.
Throughout Euro 2020, England has been in excellent form. So far in the tournament, the Three Lions have only conceded one goal. England will enter the final at Wembley as favorites, with home support behind them.
We’ve done this together ❤️
Thank you so much for your support tonight. pic.twitter.com/aofDedE8Ep
— England (@England) July 8, 2021