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Jack Grealish was taken off during extra-time of England's pivotal Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark – despite only coming on himself in the second half.
The Aston Villa ace was Gareth Southgate's first substitution in Wednesday night's crunch clash with the Danes at Wembley.
But as England desperately tried to hold onto a 2-1 lead at the extra-time interval, Southgate controversially decided to bring Grealish back off for Kieran Trippier in an unusual double-substitution.
Fans were at loss over the Three Lions manager's bizarre move on the night, taking to social media to express their confusion at changing Grealish for Trippier.
One wrote on Twitter: "This is so disrespectful to Grealish wtf".
Another said: "That Grealish sub is a sub of shame.."
A third put: "Can’t help but be baffled by taking Grealish off. Even if he can’t defend, give him the ball and within 10 seconds he’ll win you a free kick and get you 40 yards up the pitch".
Another asked: "Why’s grealish gone off then?"
A fourth commented: "I’m legit fuming at the Grealish sub. Completely nonsensical
While one simply posted: "England don't deserve grealish man".
Fortunately for Southgate, his bold call to withdraw Grealish after bringing him on as a substitute did not backfire on a momentous evening for England.
The Three Lions held on for the most crucial of 2-1 victories after 120 gruelling minutes of extra-time at Wembley, with Harry Kane bagging the winner.
Mikkel Damsgaard initially fired Denmark ahead with a sensational free-kick on the half-hour mark, only for Simon Kjaer's own goal to level proceedings nine minutes later.
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And towards the end of the first half of extra-time, England were awarded a penalty when Raheem Sterling went down inside the box.
Kane stepped up and initially saw his spot-kick saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but fortunately for the hosts he was there to tap in the rebound and send them to their first ever European Championship final.
- Gareth Southgate
- England Football Team
- Euro 2020
- Aston Villa FC
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