Gareth Southgate agrees that at Euro 2020, he must be vigilant not to overuse Jack Grealish.
The midfielder has been included in the Three Lions’ preliminary roster for the competition and is due to be included in the full 26-man squad on June 1.
Southgate Words For Jack Grealish
Grealish, on the other hand, has only played four games for Aston Villa since mid-February, after missing three months due to injury. Southgate is well aware that forcing the 25-year-old to play the entire 90 minutes of a game risks injuring him.
Southgate said, “I don’t see him as an accident doubt. In terms of where we can get from where he is in two weeks, in terms of 90 minutes, 90 minutes, 90 minutes, I see a practical vision. We run the risk of breaking him. We can’t put too much pressure on him. So we have to handle it carefully for both his health and performance.”
He continued, ” “Will these guys last six hours and ninety minutes? I’d say it’s very doubtful. For eg, [Grealish] is unable to practice on consecutive days, because he has not had a heavy training load leading up to those matches. There are some threats associated with it.”
The Three Lions will face Croatia at Wembley on June 13 in their first match of the season. After that, they’ll face Scotland five days later before finishing the group stage against the Czech Republic.
The team that finishes second in Group F, will face the winner of their group. They include France, Germany, Hungary, and Portugal,
The runner-up in Group D will meet the second-place finisher from Poland, Slovakia, Spain, or Sweden.