Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford chat during England training
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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has talked up Jadon Sancho ahead of England’s Euro 2020 showdown with Germany on Tuesday. The Three Lions go into that match looking to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition. And though Sancho has barely played, his team-mate has given a glowing endorsement.
Sancho is primed to become a Manchester United player imminently.
Four years after they first tried to land the forward, the Red Devils are on the cusp of finally landing their man.
Sancho has been in electric form at club level but, on the international stage, has barely featured for England at Euro 2020.
He was brought on against Czech Republic for the final six minutes, with many baffled at Gareth Southgate for continually overlooking the former Manchester City star.
And, speaking as England look to put their old rivals to the sword, Rashford has talked up his close friend.
When asked if the forward could be key, the United star told ESPN: “In a way yeah because he’s played a lot of football against them, more than the rest of us.
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“I’m sure he knows the players, their characteristics, strengths and weaknesses and he’s definitely someone that can exploit them.
“If one thing doesn’t quite work we have a big opportunity to change things and adapt in the game.
“Adaptability is one of the biggest skills in football and there’s a lot of times in a game where you have to change or tweak something slightly to hurt your opponents.
“The fact that he’s played against them a lot, he’s hurt them a lot as well, it will be a big factor for us.”
Rashford also fired a warning to Germany, believing the Three Lions will play without fear when they step onto the Wembley turf.
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“The young players have played in so many big games at their club and it plays a big factor in terms of international football because every game is a big game when you play for your country,” he added.
“They all just seem to step into it and they don’t have any fear and it’s important.
“Because of that, the inexperience doesn’t really come into play and doesn’t play a factor in their performances.
“That’s one big difference that has been happening over last two or three years.
“A lot of players at club level have been involved in bigger games and ultimately they’ve been exposed to must-win games and in international football, that’s what every game is.”
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Meanwhile, former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann thinks people in his country would fear Sancho starting.
“Everyone in Germany is surprised Jadon Sancho has not had more game-time for England at Euro 2020 – but they don’t want to see that change on Tuesday,” he wrote for BBC Sport.
“Sancho is huge in Germany because of what he has done with Borussia Dortmund, and is seen as a big star in the Bundesliga – he is only 21 but he has been spectacular for the past few seasons.
“Another young England player at Dortmund, Jude Bellingham, is rated very highly too, but he is a different kind of player.
“It is Sancho that Germany would fear at Wembley – if he plays. They know how good he is.
“What makes him such a special talent is his technical capability at a very fast pace, and he is fearless – he just goes at people. I love watching him because, when he gets the ball, he excites the fans.
“Of course people who watch him for Dortmund expected him to get more of a chance at this tournament – he has had only six minutes of action so far, as a substitute against the Czech Republic – but the same discussion you are having about fitting England’s young talent in your team, we are having about Germany’s emerging players too.
“We have Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Jamal Musiala but, like England manager Gareth Southgate, Joachim Low has the choice of five or six players but only maybe three roles to give away since he brought back Thomas Muller, who is a fixture in that team.
“The interesting thing about all of these youngsters is their power to surprise – they have so much ability and can decide a game at any given time, but they can also be inconsistent.
“So, do you go with exciting young faces, or the tried and tested ones? Both managers have got some very similar decisions to make.”
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