Euro 2020: Southgate wants England to keep breaking down barriers
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Gareth Southgate looks set to leave Jadon Sancho out of his starting XI to play Denmark at Wembley according to reports. The decision comes despite the Manchester United-bound playmaker starting the 4-0 demolition of Ukraine in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
It is being claimed Sancho will have to settle for a spot on the bench in the crunch semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday.
That’s according to The Athletic. They report that England will make just the one change from the side that beat Ukraine on Saturday, with the fit-again Bukayo Saka replacing Sancho in the starting line-up.
That could see England use a 4-2-3-1 formation as opposed to the back five they utilised against Germany in the last 16.
The news means that Mason Mount retains his place as central creative player, with Phil Foden and Jack Grealish also forced to settle for spots on the bench.
England will otherwise be unchaned from the defeat of Ukraine with Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker among those to maintain starting roles.
The build-up to England’s semi-final has featured a jibe from opposition captain Kasper Schmeichel.
When asked whether football was ‘coming home’ for England this summer, Schmeichel left the journalist stunned with his response.
“Has it ever been home?” Schmeichel said, with a grin on his face.
But England skipper Harry Kane, who will lead the line on Wednesday night, responded to the comments by admitting that the Denmark goalkeeper is right.
“He’s right in terms of that it hasn’t come home in this competition for us,” Kane said.
“But we’re in a great position, we’re two games away. It’s important our focus is on tomorrow night and about us and what we can do. We know if we get it right it should be enough to get us over the line.”
Schmeichel isn’t the first opposition player to hit out at the song, which was penned by Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds ahead of Euro ’96.
Croatia’s Luka Modric also criticised the sentiment ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England in 2018, suggesting it was a sign of English arrogance.
And the Real Madrid midfielder backed up those comments again this summer.
“England’s arrogance is not so much related to the players but the people around them, some of the journalists and commentators,” Modric said.
If England do beat Denmark on Wednesday evening to move one step closer to bringing football home, then they will face Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
The stadium will have a capacity crowd in London as part of the UK government’s relaxing of Covid-19 rules.
But the majority of fans will be UK-based, with travel restrictions remaining on incoming tourists from European countries.
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