Harry Kane has said to BeIN Sports that Gareth Southgate has proven exactly why he is England manager after leaving out Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish yesterday.
There was widespread frustration across England when the team sheet dropped at the Villa captain was not in the starting line-up.
Southgate decided that Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Phil Foden was his ideal front three for the first game.
And his decision was vindicated, as Sterling scored the goal which got England off to a winning start.
Kane was then asked about Southgate’s decision to leave the likes of Grealish out.
And he said: “I mean that’s why he’s doing his job and the fans are there to debate it.
“That’s part of football. We have a great squad. You can understand everyone has their own opinions on who should play.
“We had a great performance today, but it’s so important that we use the whole squad throughout this tournament, it’s not going to be the same 11 every week.”
Grealish still has an important role
The line that Grealish could well be important as the tournament progresses is one which has been repeated a lot since yesterday’s game.
Southgate surely can’t continue to omit a player of Grealish’s talents forever, and it seems likely that the Villa playmaker will get his chance sooner rather than later.
Grealish didn’t actually make it on to the pitch against Croatia, but it would be a shock if that remains the case against Scotland on Friday.
Scotland are likely to sit deep in the contest, and it could be that Grealish’s dribbling skills are required to unlock their defence.
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