Jose Mourinho has said that Gareth Southgate didn’t have any reason to substitute Jack Grealish during England’s Euro 2020 semi-final win against Denmark at Wembley.
The Aston Villa playmaker started the game on the bench and was subbed on in the 69th minute when the game was 1 all.
The Three Lions then went ahead in the first half of extra time via Harry Kane’s penalty rebound, after which Southgate chose to replace Grealish with Kieran Trippier in an attempt to close the game.
After the game, the England boss admitted that he was keen to bring on an extra defender to nullify Denmark’s attacking threat but Mourinho believes that the Danes were already exhausted, and keeping Grealish on would have boosted England’s chances of grabbing a third goal in the game.
‘I didn’t like it too,’ Mourinho told talkSPORT when asked about Southgate’s decision to bring off Grealish.
‘But I did, not very similar, but probably even worse which was start a Champions League game – Tottenham vs Olympiacos – and after 20 minutes I had to make a change, we were losing 2-0, bringing [Eric] Dier out was something which broke my heart.
‘But I did it for the team and probably Gareth tried to explain to Grealish why he did that. If he did that, it was not with an intention to hurt Jack, I’m pretty sure of that. It was with the intention to try to help the team.
‘But honestly I didn’t see a reason for that because England were not in trouble, England were in control, Denmark were exhausted physically, mentally.
‘I could even feel with Jack having even more space and the game totally broken I could see Jack helping England resolve the game even easier and to kill it.
‘I didn’t feel any need [for Southgate] to do that. But I am 100 per cent sure Gareth did that with the intention of thinking about the team and not hurting the player.’