Lothar Matthaus has admitted he has been left confused over Jadon Sancho's lack of minutes from England's Euro 2020 campaign thus far, and jokingly claimed that Germany would be willing to offer the Borussia Dortmund star a passport.
Sancho has been one of Dortmund's star players over the past few seasons, but has played just six minutes for the Three Lions until now. He was left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for the opener against Croatia, and watched on from the bench as an unused substitute against Scotland before making a late cameo against the Czech Republic.
England have only scored twice so far, and Matthaus cannot understand why Sancho is not being utilised. “He was one of the best players in the Bundesliga for the last two years," the Germany legend said via The Guardian. “If he is not good enough for England, we would like to give him a German passport! It has surprised many in Germany.”
Sancho boasts of eight goal involvements in his first 20 games as a senior England international, despite only 10 of those coming as a starter.
Matthaus also issued a warning to England, insisting that they have to beat Germany inside 120 minutes or prepare for more penalty shootout heartbreak. England have never beaten Germany in a shootout - including scarring defeats at Italia 90 and Euro 96.
He added: “England have a chance to win - but not with penalty kicks. If it goes to penalties, Germany will win, so England have to do it inside 120 minutes. We are always very good with penalties. It’s always a little bit of a joke between the Germans and the English but if it goes to a shootout then we are the favourites. You start to think about what has happened in the last 30 or 40 years. When we played in 1990 and 1996…
“It’s a lot of pressure for the English players because they read every day in the newspapers all the stories about penalties. In 1990, we knew we could win the World Cup and we were ready to win it. This confidence was growing in the tournament and we showed it.
“The best game was against England in the semis. England had a fantastic team and they were getting better and better throughout the tournament - it was a strong fight between England and Germany to go the final.”