Euro 2020: Why England could take a cautious method towards Croatia – Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas


I know people want to see a really exciting and attack-minded England display against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday – but I don’t think we will start Euro 2020 on the front foot.

Instead, what I think we will get in our opening game in Group D is a more pragmatic approach from Gareth Southgate’s side, and a cautious performance.

That might not be what Three Lions fans think should happen, because we have so much attacking talent at our disposal – but what Southgate will be hoping for is a solid performance, and something to build on.

He might look at certain games and think he can open up a little bit more, and look to cause the opposition some problems – there will be times he might go with Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount, and get them all in his team.

But Sunday, in his side’s first match of the tournament, is not one of them.

I am hoping to see some attacking flair from us, of course. But against Croatia, Southgate will be happy to let the game develop…