Gareth Southgate has revealed that Jack Grealish claimed he did not take issue with the England manager's decision to substitute him during extra time.
With England leading 2-1 at half time of extra time against Denmark at Euro 2020, Southgate opted to remove Grealish - who had only been introduced midway through the second half of regulation time. The Three Lions boss opted to replace the Aston Villa skipper with Kieran Trippier as he opted to shore up his defence in the final crucial moments of the game.
“Jack had a brilliant influence on the game,” Southgate explained. “Raheem [Sterling] was such a threat that it was either going to be Phil [Foden] or Jack to get the solidity without the ball.
“We still needed to get that pressure up the pitch. We sank a little bit too deep for five minutes or so. We just needed to keep the ball and it took us five minutes to work that out. When we started to keep it, we were running the clock down with a lot less anxiety.”
Southgate insisted the call was "not an easy decision" and revealed Grealish was not upset with the substitution. “Raheem was causing so many problems all night it had to be Phil or Jack coming off, it was not an easy decision,” Southgate said.
“They’ve found ways to win matches in whatever circumstances they’re in. Leading from the front, going behind, extra time, penalties, they’ve found those solutions. I felt we were dominating in the last half hour of normal time. Extra time we had more legs and energy.”