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Jack Grealish offered no guarantees over England start in Euros quarter-final against Ukraine

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 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Jack Grealish has been offered no guarantees that he will start England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine, despite his outstanding performance from the bench against Germany.

Gareth Southgate risked the wrath of Three Lions fans by leaving the Aston Villa playmaker out of his starting line-up for the last-16 showdown at Wembley on Tuesday.

Grealish’s introduction in the second half turned the game, with him playing a part in England’s opening goal before later setting up Harry Kane to make it 2-0.

Southgate, however, is determined to keep Grealish fresh for the remainder of the tournament and will continue to manage his minutes.

The 25-year-old has been undergoing an individualised training regime after suffering a shin injury that disrupted the end of his season.

Southgate said: “With Jack, as a few others, we have just got to make sure we maximise them. With him and Hendo [Jordan Henderson], who came into the game, they both missed 14 weeks of the season.

“These matches are unbelievably intense with and without the ball. With the intensity with his club, we have all his data and know the level of his game.

“He is a special talent and he can have as big of an impact as he did.”

The inclusion of Bukayo Saka was a surprise on Tuesday night, with Southgate having to overlook a host of attacking talent, including Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

Jack Grealish had a huge impact off the bench for England against Germany (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Jack Grealish had a huge impact off the bench for England against Germany (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Mason Mount will come back into the mix for Saturday after returning from self-isolation and Southgate says the players have to accept their roles.

“We have so many good attacking options and it is hard to give them all the love,” he added. “As a forward, you need that love. Their acceptance of needing to be patient, from Marcus to Jadon, Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] and Jack. They have really understood and sacrificed themselves for the group.”

Southgate’s faith in Raheem Sterling has been justified in these finals, with the Manchester City forward scoring three goals. And Kane also got his Euros up and running with his first of the tournament.

Southgate said: “Raheem constantly has to prove — they both have to prove people wrong all the time — and Raheem has been immense for us over a three, four-year period. He knows we’ve got the faith in him, and his performances have been electric right from the start.

“For Harry, it [scoring] was a really important moment. When you are a centre-forward, it doesn’t matter what else you are doing in the game, you need those goals.”

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