EURO 2020

Gareth Southgate Explains Jadon Sancho's Lack of Minutes at Euro 2020

Jadon Sancho has not played a single minute for England so far at Euro 2020
Jadon Sancho has not played a single minute for England so far at Euro 2020 / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate has opened up on his decision to not play Jadon Sancho for England at Euro 2020 until now, but admitted the Borussia Dortmund star is "in the mix" to feature for their final group game against the Czech Republic.

Sancho has not played a single minute for the Three Lions so far, despite having a stellar Bundesliga season that saw him score 16 goals and provide 20 assists in 2020-21.

Southgate was criticised for not bringing on the 21-year-old as England searched for a winner against Scotland, but admitted Sancho could feature on Monday.

"We've got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time," he said before adding, "So as a coaching staff we are realistic about our expectations of them as individuals. Jadon is in that mix. He's trained well the last few days and of course we have got those options and those decisions to make."

Sancho has 18 caps to date for England, and the likes of Ian Wright, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, and Micah Richards have all called on the England boss to include Sancho. Southgate is also yet to hand any minutes to Arsenal star Bukayo Saka, while Sancho's Dortmund teammate Jude Bellingham was given eight minutes in the first game.

The England boss added: "I think a lot of those players we didn't have for the friendlies, so the chemistry is something we didn't have a lot of opportunity to work on. We've got to just keep working on that. We know there are some very good players in there, we know they can perform better than they did (against Scotland) and we've got to help them to find that level."

Southgate concluded, "The important thing is that everyone gets behind the team and the players and they're going to need to feel that support and to feel that warmth. This is a relatively inexperienced group, I think the third least caps in the tournament. Against Scotland, it was a young team so that's a different experience for a lot of them than they've ever faced before. They've just about survived it. We want to be better and that's what we're going to work through in the next few days before we play the Czech Republic."