21:57 GMT, March 22, 2019 | Gareth Southgate
When he said he would be very happy to see Jadon Sancho or Callum Hudson -Odoi to choose this European Championship qualifier, he did this without any shudder. It does not matter that Hudson-Odoi has not yet started a Premier League match for Chelsea
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Jadon Sancho was hugely impressive, while England struck the Czech republic 5-0 at Wembley"
Jadon Sancho was enormously impressive when England struck the Czech republic 5-0 at Wembley
Sancho showed his flair and also provided the assist for Raheem Sterling & # 39; s opener
Sancho is a sensation; a player only matched by Lionel Messi for the number of assistants in the big five divisions in Europe this season, and someone has at least one former coach compared to Neymar.
Of course, be dangerous. For some players it becomes a burden. But Sancho seems to have the confidence that allows him to seize these opportunities. So it turned out here again.
When the truth is told, he did not start very well, became a little too complicated and too often lost possession. But when Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock for 24 minutes in this game, it was Sancho who delivered the last ball.
In all fairness to Harry Kane, he delivered the keen pass that invited his young colleague to just take the ball for Sterling in the far post.
It must have been very pleasant for Southgate.
But for Sancho it also provided a timely boost, with the teenager almost taking a new chance. for Sterling to hit minutes later.
The hugely talented 18-year-old justified the belief that Gareth Southgate placed in him
both sides of Kane proved to be becoming increasingly effective in Sterling and Sancho, while the Czechs found it increasingly difficult to cope with their pace and movement. Sterling immediately showed that Kane could double the advantage of England from the penalty spot;
These are interesting teams for England, and not just because the World Cup semi-final has been followed by progress to the Nations League finals in
What makes Southgate so exciting is the speed with which more players come out of the production line of St George & # 39; s Park, making it extremely difficult to say who could finish in his last 23, should England qualify for the next big tournament. There is of course also Declan Rice. This week, Southgate referred to Phil Foden and Morgan Gibbs-White as two others that he has his eye on.
The challenge is timing – they break when they are absolutely ready – and if there is a slight concern, it is Dan Ashworth who has left to take on a new challenge in Brighton.
The former technical director of the Czech Republic
The former technical director of the FA did not always receive the credit I deserved.
He was the man who supervised the many England teams insisting on more innovation in coaching and areas such as sports science.
Fortunately for England, the foundations are now in place and the Southgate and his assistant, Steve Holland, has a level of knowledge and understanding that comes from working with the junior teams prior to promotion to senior er side.
Sancho over-complicated issues early on one side, but on the other it was very easy to come into play "
Sancho over-complicated matters
It was that knowledge that naturally allowed Southgate to make some of the larger decisions that are the first part of term of office.
These were big calls but the right calls, which led to the emergence of an English side with serious potential. Players of the stature of Kane, Sterling and Dele Alli, of course, but also players of the ability of Sancho.
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