Alan Shearer fears Southgate “doesn’t trust” Jack Grealish over Jadon Sancho

Alan Shearer believes Jadon Sancho's defensive ability and work-rate is the reason why he has been picked over Jack Grealish for England.

Sancho makes his first start of Euro 2020 against Ukraine on Saturday night while Grealish is again left on the bench.

Sancho is set to be on the move this summer with Manchester United finally reaching an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over a transfer.

The forward's good week continued as he was named in the starting line-up for the quarter-final against Ukraine at Rome.

And Shearer has a theory as to why the ex-Manchester City youngster is being preferred to Aston Villa ace Grealish.

Speaking while on pundit duty for the BBC, Shearer said: "What a week it has been for Jadon Sancho, signing for Manchester United.

"He is coming off the back of an excellent season with 16 goals and got plenty of assists. Gareth Southgate knows what he can do.

"Perhaps Gareth doesn't trust Jack Grealish defensively and he is proving he can come and do damage when teams are on their last legs.

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"Gareth is looking along the line of his bench and seeing Grealish and seeing Phil Foden and can say 'go on fresh and cause some damage'."

While Shearer's fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand added: "In them areas there, where Jadon plays, Foden, Rashford, Sterling, Saka, Grealish – that area there is the strongest in the squad without a doubt.

"You can put any player in there and everyone will have a cause for an argument to say they should be playing.

"Jadon Sancho is playing on the right-hand side because he can beat people one-on-one on the outside, he can cross the ball, and they’re the areas where he probably sees a weakness in this Ukraine team.

"This kid will not be fazed, he’s made big decisions in his career. He left London to go to Watford, I think he was 13 or 14-years-old, he went to Man City after that and then decided he wasn’t getting a chance there.

"He then went to Dortmund, took risks, but showed courage and showed character – so this won’t faze him.”

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