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Gareth Southgate explains why Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho didn’t make England squad to face Croatia

Gareth Southgate explains why Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho didn’t make England squad to face Croatia

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England faced Croatia in their first opening game of the EURO 2020 on Sunday and celebrated a 1-0 victory as Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game at the 57th minute after an assist from Kalvin Phillips.

Following the game, the Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate has spoken out on the decision to leave Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho out.

“With the two boys that are out of the squad, it’s just unfortunate we can only name 23 and we’ve had to cover certain positions,” said Southgate.

“I don’t like the fact we’re having to leave players out of the squad in a major tournament.”

Explaining his attacking selection, Southgate added: “That was out front six in our games in March and we had some continuity from those games.

“They have an understanding and they have fabulous depth. We know Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish are really pushing for starting positions this is going to be a game where substitutes are more important than ever.”

 

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