England manager, Gareth Southgate, has explained why Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho, has not yet been involved in Euro 2020 so far.
Sancho is one of the highest-rated attacking players in European football but has not played a minute of the tournament so far for England.
The 21-year-old was left out of the squad for their 1-0 win over Croatia on June 13.
He was also an unused substitute in England’s 0-0 draw against Scotland last Friday.
Explaining why Sancho is yet to play for England at Euro 2020, Southgate was quoted by Sky Sports as saying ahead of the Three Lions’s clash with Czech Republic on Tuesday, “We have got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time.
“So, as a coaching staff, we are realistic about our expectations of them as individuals.
“Jadon is in that mix. He has trained well the last few days and of course, we have got those options and those decisions to make.”
He added: “I think a lot of those players we didn’t have for the friendlies, so the chemistry is something we didn’t have a lot of opportunity to work on.
“We’ve got to just keep working on that. We know there are some very good players in there, we know they can perform better than they did (against Scotland) and we’ve got to help them to find that level.
“The important thing is that everyone gets behind the team and the players and they are going to need to feel that support and to feel that warmth.
“This is a relatively inexperienced group, I think the third least caps in the tournament. Against Scotland, it was a young team so that is a different experience for a lot of them than they’ve ever faced before.
“They have just about survived it. We want to be better and that’s what we’re going to work through in the next few days before we play the Czech Republic.”