Sports 'Grealish & Saka have brought England to life!' - Pair lauded as Three Lions defeat Czechs at Euro 2020
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The former Three Lions defender is surprised by the lack of strikers in Gareth Southgate's Euro 2020 squad, with fitness gambles being takenEyebrows were raised when four right-backs were included in an initial 26-man selection, with Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold now ruled out through injury, but questions are also being asked at the other end of the field.
Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka hadn't been given much of a chance to impress for England at Euro 2020 before Tuesday.
But Gareth Southgate handed both players starts against the Czech Republic in their Group D finale, and the duo made their impact felt.
Grealish directed much of the play in the middle and grabbed the assist for Raheem Sterling's first-half opener, while UEFA named Saka the Star of the Match as England defeated the Czechs 1-0 at Wembley.
Making the most of their chances
Grealish had made one appearance off the bench in England's first two Euro 2020 matches, while Saka had not played at all.
But both players played a major part in England's opener, with Saka carrying the ball forward and beating his defender to find Grealish, who also beat his man and stood up an inviting ball to the back post for Sterling to head home.
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BURTON-ON-TRENT, England (AP) — Preparing for a tournament debut with England, Declan Rice beamed when he recalled the thrill of experiencing the World Cup three years ago as a fan. Holidaying in Dubai during the offseason, the West Ham midfielder joined supporters packed into a dome in the desert nation watching Gareth Southgate’s team make a run to the semifinals in Russia. “The World Cup was buzzing,” Rice said Wednesday. “It was incredible. The singing before the game, the national anthem. Just being a part of it. I was a fan for that tournament so to be part of this tournament is unbelievable.
What was said?
"The manager told me to go out and express myself, to play how I have played for my club all season," Saka told. "Sometimes that means driving at the opponents and I did that and got us up the pitch.
"It was a good cross from Jack for the goal and Raheem was in the right place at the right time again."
Sterling added: "Jack and Bukayo got in the pockets really well, turned and were positive. It is brilliant to have these players around you who can create goals.
"Different players are needed for different games and those two that came in were massive and did what they needed to do."
The word on social media
Some Arsenal fans on Twitter picked up on the duo's chemistry, urging the Gunners to buy Grealish from Aston Villa in a move that has been rumoured for some time.
This is Southgate's England: If you wanted Grealish, Sancho and swashbuckling football then you're going to be sorely disappointed
Gareth Southgate navigated his way past Croatia with an abundance of caution and demonstrated that he will not let his attackers off the leashThe congratulatory tone of post-match analysis is deserved but should come with a note of caution. Croatia were dreadful, offering nothing in attack and seemingly incapable of progressing the ball through the lines.
Plenty of other observers simply pointed out the sheer class of the pair, who could be set to play a major role as England advanced to the round of 16.
Bukayo Saka doing a better job than Arsenal's recruitment team ever will of convincing Jack Grealish to join this summer.— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal)
Two absolute ballers. Saka x Grealish. ????????????????????????????????— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible)
Jack Grealish is the absolute boy.
If you don’t rate him, there’s no hope.— HLTCO (@HLTCO)
Grealish & Saka have been class. Great link up play from 2 Arsenal players tonight ????????— Mo Gilligan (@MoTheComedian)
so much more threatening when they move the ball quickly. Good movement, team-work and ambition in their goal. Saka, Phillips, Saka, Grealish, Kane, Grealish, Sterling ⚽️. No hesitation, few touches, just swift circulating of the ball. Much better.
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'Gazza' was one of the Three Lions' best players, but also one of its most notorious party animals - as he acknowledged at WembleyLed by Terry Venables, a Three Lions team featuring stars such as Steve McManaman, Alan Shearer and Paul Ince were expected to mount a challenge for glory, particularly on home soil.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter)
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) Grealish and Saka have brought this England side to life. Everything attack more urgent and menacing with them
Grealish and Saka ????????????— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal)
Grealish off for Bellingham.— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray)
Sterling has been really good tonight - quite apart from his goal.
Boos as Grealish goes off. They want him to stay on. He has become the people's champion of this England squad— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES)
England fans annoyed Grealish subbed off, but given shin problems it's probably sensible and suggests he will probably start the last-16 game...— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT)
Grealish and Saka have been immense. Both Arsenal players making a significant difference tonight.— FK ☕️ (@fkhanage)
Get in! Brilliant from Saka, great cross from Grealish.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts)
Saka plays with such looseness. He’s not trying too hard, which is a massive problem with England players. He’s not playing like he’s desperate to impress Southgate or the media or fans or anyone. He’s not trying to stand out, which weirdly makes him stand out
19-year-old Bukayo Saka stands tall for England at Euro 2020
LONDON (AP) — Bukayo Saka was put on the field to turn possession into penetration, to create chances for an England team that had scored only one goal in two matches at the European Championship. He did all that and more, but he still came up short in one particular area. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal in England’s 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday by heading in a cross from Jack Grealish that flew just over the jumping Saka’s own head. “It was a great cross from Jack and Raheem was there for the goal,” the 19-year-old midfielder said. “I almost got there but I’m just not quite tall enough.” He was good enough, however.— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius)
Can’t drop Saka can you ? ????— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch)
Start of the night: Everyone is talking about Jadon Sancho
End of the night: Everyone is talking about Bukayo Saka
????— Goal (@goal)
5 - Bukayo Saka's five completed take-ons are the joint-most by an English teenager at a major tournament since we have full data for the EUROs (1980) and World Cup (1966), equalling Raheem Sterling in 2014 vs Uruguay and Michael Owen in 1998 vs Argentina. Wavy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe)
???????????????????????????? Bukayo Saka named Star of the Match after an electric display in attack for England ????️
Did you predict that? ????— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) | |
England beats Germany 2-0 to reach Euro 2020 quarterfinals .
LONDON — England is unburdened by the weight of agonizing history: Germany has finally been beaten in a tournament again. No need to endure more penalty heartache or disallowed goals this time. Just like in the 1966 World Cup final, England triumphed over a German team at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, winning 2-0 to reach the European Championship quarterfinals. And just like in England’s two group wins, Raheem Sterling was on the scoresheet, breaking the tense deadlock in the 75th minute in a move he started and completed. The round of 16 finally saw England net more than once at Euro 2020, and for Harry Kane to shed the pressure on his shoulders by finally scoring.