In spite of his admirable club form, the Dortmund star has been completely unused by the Three Lions boss at Euro 2020 so far.
Gareth Southgate explains depriving Jadon Sancho of game time at Euro 2020 saying he’s “realistic about the expectations” of his young players.
Sancho was cut from England’s 23-man squad to face Croatia last week while he was an unused substitute against Scotland on Friday.
Southgate’s reluctance to use Sancho has alarmed some fans and pundits alike, especially considering the fact his team has been rather ineffective in the final third of the pitch.
The winger enjoyed yet another productive season prior to the European Championships, scoring 16 goals and supplying 20 assists in 38 games for Borussia Dortmund.
“We’ve got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time,” responded Southgate when asked about Sancho, per Sky Sports.
“So as a coaching staff we are realistic about our expectations of them as individuals.
Sancho, though, is in contention to make his first Euro 2020 appearance in England’s final group stage match against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Tuesday.
“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.”