Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford believes that Jadon Sancho can play a key role for the Three Lions in beating Germany on Tuesday night even if the Borussia Dortmund winger plays no part on the pitch in the Euro 2020 knockout clash.
Sancho has had to wait for his chance in the competition and played his first six minutes in the 1 nil defeat of the Czech Republic in their last Group D game last week.
The player’s lack of game time in the competition has been surprising to many as Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka was even chosen ahead of him in the last game and won the Man of the Match award for his contribution.
Regardless, Sancho may still not start against Germany at Wembley although it is believed that his knowledge from playing with and against a large number of the players in the German squad could help the Three Lions to navigate the tie.
“In a way, yes, because he’s played a lot of football against them, more than the rest of us,” Rashford replied when asked if Sancho could be a valuable asset for Gareth Southgate during the game.
“I’m sure he knows the players, their characteristics, strengths and weaknesses and he’s definitely someone that can exploit them.
“If one thing doesn’t quite work we have a big opportunity to change things and adapt in the game.
“Adaptability is one of the biggest skills in football and there’s a lot of times in a game where you have to change or tweak something slightly to hurt your opponents.
“The fact that he’s played against them a lot, he’s hurt them a lot as well, it will be a big factor for us.”
Meanwhile, Rashford, 24, is another player in Gareth Southgate’s squad who has garnered significant playing experience for his age. He remains unfazed about the possibility of the game against Germany being a very daunting one.
“To be honest they are just ready to go, a lot of them play at big clubs and have played in big games already, despite them being so young.
“It is nothing for them to fear really, it is something they have taken in their stride and, looking back when I first got into the team, it is what you want to do, just do those things that come naturally to you and take it in your stride.”