Sol Campbell urges England to ‘frighten defenders’ and be more daring with Portugal, France or Germany awaiting in Euro 2020 last-16

Sol Campbell believes England need to be braver going forward if they stand any chance of winning their last-16 clash at Euro 2020.

Having opened with a 1-0 triumph against World Cup semi-final foes Croatia and been booed at the end of draw against rivals Scotland, the Three Lions wrapped things up with a Wembley win on Tuesday night.

England sealed a victory over the Czechs on Tuesday to top Group D

Raheem Sterling headed home impressive Jack Grealish’s cross to seal a 1-0 victory against the Czechs as already-qualified England progressed as Group D winners.

The reward is a Wembley return next Tuesday against France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary – a big jump in quality after progressing unbeaten and without conceding.

And England legend Campbell, who made 73 appearances in 11 years for the Three Lions, believes Southgate’s men have to be more daring from the off if they have any chance of defeating their last-16 opponents.

Speaking about England’s attacking prowess, Campbell said on Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “Jack [Grealish] creates that space as he draws one defender and another defender in, that releases Kane or Saka. That’s what it’s all about.

“If you have a situation where you don’t commit defenders, then it’s one on one and it becomes tight – for me, Jack causes that commotion.

“His cross was a sublime chip at the back post for Sterling and that’s what you want – players frightening defenders and that’s what confuses their minds.”

Campbell has backed Southgate to give England’s flair players, like Grealish, a starring role at Euro 2020

Southgate says there is ‘more to come’ from his England side after they ensured a tough-looking Wembley return in the round of 16.

“We’ve played two opponents in the Croats and the Czechs who I think are playing at a very good level,” Southgate said after setting up the last-16 tie against the runners-up in the so-called Group of Death.

“And Scotland, which as an occasion and an experience for our players, especially the younger ones, was a quite unique and really important one, so these will be different games.

“We know world champions, European champions and Germany, who to me look like they’re back on song. They’ve brought some very experienced players back in.

“So whoever we play, [will be a] really, really tough opposition but we’ve sort of known that for 18 months. We’ve known the route through.

Saka was a standout performer in a victory for the Three Lions in their final group game

“The good thing from our point of view is I think we’re still improving, we look difficult to play against. There’s more to come from us.

“We’ve got more match minutes on the pitch for some important players and that squad depth is going to be important because I felt like we’ve run out of steam a little bit in a couple of the games.

“To be able to make the changes and the substitutions has been really helpful to manage the games.”


By: Oliver Dawnay
Title: Sol Campbell urges England to ‘frighten defenders’ and be more daring with Portugal, France or Germany awaiting in Euro 2020 last-16
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