Legendary German footballer Lothar Matthäus has hit back at England’s coach Gareth Southgate with a sly dig over the fact that Southgate has not provided Sancho the opportunity feature much in the on-going EURO 2020.
Europe’s hottest prospect- Sancho
Jadon Sancho is Europe’s one of the brightest and most talented right winger. He has been among Bundesliga’s best players. Since joining Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, Sancho has scored 50 goals in 137 matches and has provided 64 assists. The 21 year old helped Dortmund finish in a Champions League spot and win the DFB Pokal last season which has earned him an inevitable move away from Dortmund to Manchester United.
Lothar Matthäus baffled by Sancho’s lack of minutes
Much like everyone else who has been following England’s EURO campaign, the fact that Sancho has not featured almost at all for Gareth Southgate’s side has come as a shock. The Die Mannschaft legend is baffled over the fact that one of the best player of the Bundesliga has not gotten many minutes under his built in the EURO 2020.
Sancho was left out of the England’s squad to face Croatia in the opening game of their campaign. He was an unused substitute in the game vs Scotland and came on for a late cameo against Czech Republic.
There has been criticism with Southgate’s pragmatic approach as England has scored only twice in the group stage, and the German legend can’t understand why Sancho’s ability is not being utilized. He was quoted saying:
“He was one of the best players in the Bundesliga for the last two years,” The Germany legend has said of the Borussia Dortmund winger.
“If he is not good enough for England, we would like to give him a German passport! It has surprised many in Germany.”
Lothar’s penalty warning to England
Lothar Matthäus issued a warning to England stating that Germany are favourites in the Round of 16 clash vs England if the game goes to penalty.
England and Germany have been embroiled in plenty of memorable clashes over the year. Lothar Matthäus was part of the German squad that beat England on penalties in the 1990 World Cup semi-final. He said:
“England have a chance to win – but not with penalty kicks,” he said. “If it goes to penalties, Germany will win, so England has to do it inside 120 minutes.
“We are always very good with penalties. It’s always a little bit of a joke between the Germans and the English but if it goes to a shootout then we are the favourites.