Southgate teases role for Grealish in Euro 2020 final which could make 'a massive difference’
Gareth Southgate has teased that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish could feature for England in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.
Speaking to the Mirror after this week’s historic semi-final win over Denmark, the England manager hinted that the 25-year-old creator could feature for the Three Lions against Italy.
Grealish played just 35 minutes against Denmark as the Premier League star came on as a substitute in the second half before being taken off for Kieran Trippier in extra time.
The decision was met with backlash on social media from both England and Villa fans.
Indeed, the Villa attacker has hardly featured for England during Euro 2020. Grealish has started just once throughout the entire tournament.
Jack Grealish could play England role on Sunday
But Southgate has teased that the winger could play a role in Sunday’s final.
The England boss said about Grealish: “To be taken off like that is, of course, you subbed a sub it’s not nice. But it is about the squad and being a part of it.
“[On] Sunday, Jack might come on and make a massive difference, he might set up the winning goal.”
The hype surrounding Grealish heading into Euro 2020 was immense. Yet the lack of minutes for the Villa star has been disappointing, to say the least.
And Southgate’s decision to haul off the playmaker in extra time will be a move that supporters won’t forget too quickly.
However, it is hard to argue that it was the wrong decision from the England boss. After all, the substitute allowed the Three Lions to close up shop for good and make the second half of extra-time an extremely comfortable 15 minutes of football for the home supporters.
Had Denmark scored after Grealish made his exit, criticism towards Southgate’s decision would have been fierce.
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