Gareth Southgate has revealed that while he was impressed with Jack Grealish’s performance from the bench in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Germany, the Manchester City playmaker could do with improving his tactical awareness.
Grealish helped the Three Lions claw their way back into their Nations League clash at the Allianz Arena in what was an individual showing not too dissimilar to that against Die Mannschaft in their Euro 2020 last 16 matchup.
While England pressed well against Germany this time around, they struggled to create chances from open play until Grealish’s introduction.
Southgate was asked whether he saw Grealish as a potential starter or just an impact substitute, to which he replied: “He can do both. If we didn’t trust him we wouldn’t put him on the pitch with 20 minutes to go in the belief he can make a difference.
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“At the start of the game the challenge for the wide players was to attack, defend and to try and score goals – high tactical level and you’ve got to be spot on – and that’s an area Jack can get better at. What he did do was carry the ball as the game opened up with a little bit more space and opportunity.
“The impact both he and Jarrod Bowen had was really important in those attacking areas. There is a good challenge there among those players but we’ve got to keep pushing them.”
England return to action against Italy on Saturday before rounding off the June international window at home to Hungary.
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