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England boss Gareth Southgate has offered an explanation as to why Jadon Sancho has not yet been involved in Euro 2020 so far.
The Borussia Dortmund forward is one of the highest rated attacking players in European football but has not played a minute of the tournament so far.
Sancho was left out of the squad for the 1-0 win over Croatia while he was an unused substitute in Friday night’s scoreless draw against Scotland.
The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a transfer to Manchester United this summer and his absence from Southgate’s side has raised some eyebrows across England and beyond.
There have been calls for Jadon Sancho to play for England in their Euro 2020 clash against Czech Republic
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Sancho offers pace that would theoretically be a superb link-up with striker Harry Kane due to his pace and goal threat, while he has made over 100 direct goal contributions at Dortmund over the past three seasons.
However, the boss has clarified that whilst he is considering changes to the starting line-up, it is important not pin too many expectations on any one player.
Southgate told reporters, as per Sky Sports : "We've got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time.
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"So as a coaching staff we are realistic about our expectations of them as individuals.
"Jadon is in that mix. He's trained well the last few days and of course we have got those options and those decisions to make."
A number of England stars have had no down-time following on from their domestic campaigns, particularly those involved with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – all of whom played in European finals less than a month ago.
Players such as Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling have been deprived of preparation time to link up with their international teammates.
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The England boss 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're 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's a different experience for a lot of them than they've ever faced before.
"They've 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."
England face the Czech Republic on Tuesday, with the team possibly finishing anywhere between first and third in the group depending upon the result.