Asfi Khan, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
It’s no secret that England manager Gareth Southgate is still unsure of his best attacking combination in EURO 2020. Fans have been raging over the lack of game time that the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish have been given, and other top quality attackers such as Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden and Harry Kane have not set the stage alight so far.
However, Southgate might have found his dream attacking combo, and who would have expected it? Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, one of the most technically gifted players in the whole competition. Followed by Raheem Sterling, a controversial figure amongst the fans, who keeps proving the world wrong. And finally Arsenal’s young sensation, Bukayo Saka. Southgate still stuck with Harry Kane, who looked more threatening than previous games in the competition. These four played brilliantly and dynamically, and it all rooted from the drive and determination of Bukayo Saka.
Plenty of fans were questioning the selection of Bukayo Saka, who wanted to see the more glamorous players selected for the game vs Czech Republic. It’s fair to say that they all ate their words with that breathtaking display by the Arsenal winger. Saka started the attack by carrying the ball from his own half, all the way to the opposing box which later resulted in a Raheem Sterling header with a cross from Jack Grealish. Bukayo Saka has now started 5 games for England and has won Man of the Match in 3 of them. He will be a huge part of England’s team for years to come.
England finished top of Group D and now look to their tough standoff against Germany – who showed ups and downs in their ‘group of death’ with Portugal and France. England will have to raise their game if they are to beat the Germans. It will be a much harder game than the likes of Scotland, Croatia and the Czech Republic.
Round of 16 lineup
England v Germany
Croatia v Spain
France v Switzerland
Sweden v Ukraine
Belgium v Portugal
Wales v Denmark
Italy v Austria
Netherlands v Czech Republic