Gareth Southgate drops Jadon Sancho hint as England boss considers Czech Republic changes

Jadon Sancho’s wait for minutes at Euro 2020 is set to come to an end after Gareth Southgate hinted that he could start the Borussia Dortmund playmaker next time out. Sancho has not featured so far in the tournament for England, but is in line for an appearance against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

England boss Southgate came in for criticism after leaving Sancho on the bench throughout the Group D draw with Scotland on Friday evening.

The 21-year-old has been one of the brightest young attackers in Europe for his club side over the last year, scoring 16 goals in all competitions to go alongside a hatful of assists.

But Southgate instead opted to use Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish in the wide positions against Scotland.

England’s wealth of attacking options – which also includes Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bukayo Saka – means that Southgate has a difficult task juggling selection.

Yet not utilising Sancho at all prompted questions in the aftermath of the Scotland stalemate.

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Manchester United fans will be particularly keen to see how Sancho fares in an England shirt over the remainder of the tournament, with the player set to move to Old Trafford this summer.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly confident that the club will complete a deal before the end of Euro 2020, with an improved bid of £77million getting closer to Borussia Dortmund’s demands for the player.

Yet football pundit and former England international John Barnes believes that signing Sancho is not the answer to United’s problems.

“They’ll still be inconsistent,” Barnes told Bonus Code Bets earlier this month.

“Manchester United’s problem hasn’t been their attacking play and scoring goals. They’ve got [Edinson] Cavani, [Mason] Greenwood, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, [Bruno] Fernandes and [Paul] Pogba, they’re all good attackers.

“Sancho will add to that, but their problem is that they’ve not been consistent enough and they’ve conceded goals and lost matches because they’re not strong enough defensively.

“It’ll be a good signing for them – a young English player which is what you want in the squad. But I don’t think it will make them challengers.

They’ll be in the top four, but they’re not consistent enough and they haven’t got the right balance between attack and defence to compete with Manchester City or Liverpool.”

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