Rio Ferdinand baffled by Jadon Sancho’s England omission as stats show he is second most creative player in squad

RIO FERDINAND revealed his fury at Jadon Sancho’s continued England absence – with the stats proving he’s Gareth Southgate’s second-most-dangerous attacking threat.

The Borussia Dortmund ace, 21, is yet to play a single minute at Euro 2020.

Jadon Sancho is yet to play for England at Euro 2020 with Jack Grealish limited to brief spells off the bench, leaving Rio Ferdinand lividCredit: Getty

Ferdinand has slammed Southgate for failing to utilise Sancho at the tournament thus far

Ferdinand has slammed Southgate for failing to utilise Sancho at the tournament thus farCredit: Getty

Sancho was left out of the squad for last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Croatia and was stuck on the bench for the goalless draw with Scotland – despite England clearly lacking a creative edge.

Ferdinand has now urged boss Southgate to get Sancho on the pitch – pointing to his stats for Dortmund since 2018-19.

In the last three seasons, Sancho has been involved in 109 goals for the Bundesliga giants.

Only Raheem Sterling (110) has more in England’s 26-man squad, with Sancho even boasting more Harry Kane (106).

A fuming Ferdinand told BBC 5 Live: “There’s no doubt in my mind we’ve got players on that bench in attacking areas that can change games… utilise them.

“Sancho’s not even got on the pitch.

“Statistically, in terms of goal involvements in the last three seasons, Raheem Sterling is No1 in the team, Sancho No2 and Harry Kane No3.

“But Sancho’s not got on the pitch.

MOST GOAL INVOLVEMENTS: England Euro 2020 squad since 2018-19

RAHEEM STERLING – 110 goals & assists



“So one of your most creative players doesn’t even get in the squad in the first game, he’s in the stands, and in the second doesn’t even get his boots wet.”

Ferdinand went on to say England have been crying out for the likes of Sancho, Sterling, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden in recent decades.

The former Manchester United defender even said England would have ‘won everything’ if they’d had the current crop of forwards during his playing days.

Ferdinand continued: “I just feel there’s creative players we’ve been desperate to see. We’ve been crying out for wide players.

“I wish we had these players in my generation… we’d have won everything.

“They’re devastating from wide areas.”

? “I wish we had these wide players in my day, we’d have won everything”@RioFerdy5 can’t understand why Jadon Sancho hasn’t played a single minute of #Euro2020 so far.

Your thoughts? ?#bbcfootball

— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) June 19, 2021

Pointing to the goal involvement stats, with Sancho just one behind leader Sterling in club football since 2018-19, Ferdinand continued: “Those tell you… the kid’s got it.

“He’s got the ability, he’s proven it – not like a one-season wonder, three years he’s been doing that… as a kid, by the way.”

ITV pundit Ian Wright also slated Southgate for leaving Sancho on the bench in the immediate aftermath of the Scotland draw.

The former Arsenal and Three Lions ace roared: “There’s no way Foden should be leaving the pitch today.

“You’ve got Sancho on the bench – 15 goals and 20 assists a season – and he doesn’t even get on.

“We need to create… I’m embarrassed for us today.”

Read our Football live blog for the very latest news from around the grounds

Ian Wright ’embarrassed’ by England vs Scotland as pundit slams Gareth Southgate for taking off Phil Foden in drab draw


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Bocoran Slot Gacor

Slot Gacor



Demo Slot