Jadon Sancho was given a start ahead of Marcus Rashford in England’s win over Kosovo and the manager explained why he went down that route.
Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling combined to brilliant effect as England came out on top of a highly entertaining 5-3 win over Kosovo in the European qualifiers.
The Three Lions saw Kosovo take the lead after just 35 seconds of the game. However, the home side managed to calm their nerves and sealed what was to be a well deserved win. Sancho found the net twice in the game while Sterling was in equally devastating form.
The Borussia Dortmund player was given the preference ahead of Rashford and Southgate disclosed why he made the decision to start Sancho.
“He offers his ability in one on one to beat players, to take them out of the game, his decision making when he is running forward at speed is excellent,” he told ITV.
“His number of assists and goals with Dortmund speaks for itself, so he’s a very exciting player in an area of the pitch where we have a few.”
And with such a brilliant display, Southgame may struggle to justify putting Sancho on the bench again.
“Freshen the team really. We were pleased with both of the full-backs and Marcus but we’ve got some good players to come in,” Southgate said of the decision to drop Rashford.
In what was a decision that many might have found baffling initially, Sancho came with the goods for his manager. With the international break now over, the youngster has given his manager plenty to think about with his displays.
“It’s a chance in those wide areas, where there is a heavy load, to freshen the group and there’s some players we want to take a closer look at.”