Euro 2020 - Jack Grealish has to start! - England must crush Ukraine to send message to rivals
In the latest episode of the podcast collaboration between Eurosport and The Beautiful Game Justin Cole, Ola Fisayo and Dotun Abijoh preview the Euro 2020 quarter-finals and debate which England team should take on Ukraine. Jack Grealish could be given the nod with the lads calling for England to make a statement with a big win over Ukraine.
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Bukayo Saka of England during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium
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With the Three Lions favourites to reach the semi-finals, Fisayo tried to predict Gareth Southgate’s team, living in hope Grealish would get the nod and convinced Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling were nailed on starters.
“We can never predict what his line-up is going to be,” he said.
But so far he’s got it almost exactly spot on, and his changes during the match have also been spot on – managing the match as well. With those three and Harry Kane we’ve got a lot of amazing, creative players.
“A lot of people we thought we should have seen, but they’re still available and with fresh legs. But I do think he’s going to go with people he’s trusted before and played before.
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“I think Saka has taken his chance. He’s almost a guaranteed starter at least. Raheem is going to start, he has to start.
“There’s no way he’s dropping Raheem Sterling for anything. That leaves Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Mason Mount – we haven’t seen a lot of.
“There’s a lot potential within those three supporting Harry Kane. But I do think Saka is definitely nailed on to start and Sterling nailed on to start.
Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw und Jack Grealish (v. l. n. r.) stehen mit England im EM-Viertelfinale
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“The other position, final third spot, is actually up for grabs. But in a game like this against a pragmatic, counter-attacking Ukraine, I would like to see someone who is either efficient with moving the ball and making key passes or someone who is great at winning free-kicks.
“That only leads to one man, it’s the man we all love – Jack Grealish. He can do a good number in securing position high up the pitch.
“Even if he’s left to his devices. Kane dropped off to do what he wants to do and Jack’s gone up to win a ball and get a free-kick, that secures us position”
He added: “To have someone like Jack to win positions, win balls and free-kicks – even if we’re not going to be spectacular on set-pieces – I still think he’s going to be a key, key player.”
Southgate has mixed up his midfield in the four games so far at Euro 2020 and there is talk Jordan Henderson could be given a starting berth.