All eyes are on England and Tuesday’s colossal encounter of the last-16 fixture at Wembley, where about 40,000+ fans will be stationed, cheering on their country. England topped their group, unbeaten, as 1-0 wins against Croatia and Czech Republic displaced the bad memory of the 0-0 draw with Scotland. However, their team’s encouraging defensive displays have yet to be reciprocated by attacking proficiency- especially when one considers the calibre of England’s forwards and creative players.
Their struggles have led to inevitable questions surrounding selections made by Gareth Southgate, as to why the likes of Sancho has yet to be properly used, with his worth rising with each day and only managing to amass six minutes off the bench against the Czechs- his standout appearance in Euro 2020 game-time to date. It is somewhat mystifying.
But the talented 21-year-old is not letting frustration deter him, preparing for a larger role if needed when Germany come to town.
When speaking to The Official England Podcast, Sancho mentioned his major tournament debut at Wembley last week:
It was definitely special to get my first minutes in the game. It’s something that I will never forget and definitely, hopefully I can get more minutes in games to come and just take my time when I get my chance to play. I’ll show everyone what I can do.
I know quite a lot of the players in Germany. I play against them week in, week out. It’s definitely interesting seeing them with their national team so hopefully, again, if I play then I would know the ins and outs of what players can do.via The Official England Podcast
When asked if his time in the Bundesliga would be advantageous, Sancho iterrated:
For me, yeah, definitely. Maybe not for the others because they obviously play in the Premier League so for me and Jude [Bellingham] definitely because we know what players can do and can’t do and their specialties. Yeah, it’s definitely a boost. Hopefully- if I play- I will know the ins and outs of what players can do.via The Official England Podcast
Acknowledging that competition can be a positive, Sancho chose to adopt a positive outlook on it instead despite fans growing impatient:
Definitely [the] competition is very high here. Hopefully I can get more minutes in games to come. I’ll just take my time and when I get my chance to play, I’ll show everyone what I can do.
I think competition helps everyone. If you don’t have competition then sometimes you can get carried away and you don’t see the things you need to work on to try to improve your game.via The Official England Podcast
The player seems set for a €77m move to Manchester United after cementing himself as one of the best young prospects- not just in Germany- but in world football.
The Euros would be the perfect tournament to further solidify his high regard in football, and help propel England to their first major trophy since 1966 that they so greatly desire.
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