Jack Grealish had the best response possible when Gareth Southgate tried to explain why he was double-substituted in England's Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark – "I'm not bothered gaffer, we've got to the final!"
The Three Lions reached their first ever European Championship final on Wednesday night, coming from behind to beat Denmark 2-1 after 120 gruelling minutes at Wembley.
Mikkel Damsgaard fired the Danes ahead in London on the half-hour mark, powering a sensational free-kick past Jordan Pickford and into the back of the net.
But nine minutes later England drew level, with Simon Kjaer turning Bukayo Saka's cross into his own net.
The game then went to extra-time despite some late Three Lions pressure, and just before the interval referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the spot when Raheem Sterling went down inside the box.
Captain Harry Kane stepped up and saw his effort saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but he swept home the rebound to set up a final showdown with Italy on Sunday.
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After Kane's match-winning goal, Southgate raised eyebrows by taking Grealish off before the second half of extra-time – having already brought him on as a substitute in normal time.
The Aston Villa ace was replaced by defender Kieran Trippier as England looked to hold onto their narrow lead, which proved an inspired decision.
While ITV pundit Gary Neville admitted it was an "embarrassing" moment for Grealish, Southgate lifted the lid on his brilliant response when he tried to explain the decision after the game.
"He said to me, 'Gaffer, it doesn’t matter. I’m not bothered. We’ve got to the final!'"
Southgate then added: "But I must say, I thought he had absolutely the impact we were looking for at the moment when he came into the game.
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"Bukayo [Saka] had actually settled into the game, he started a bit nervously but he was playing well.
"But we just felt that Jack could give us even more at that moment, and Raheem running at Jannik Vestergaard on the other side was a change we fancied seeing as well."
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