Jose Mourinho criticises Gareth Southgate over Jack Grealish substitution for England

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Gareth Southgate took the surprise decision to replace Jack Grealish in England's win over Denmark

Gareth Southgate took the surprise decision to replace Jack Grealish in England’s win over Denmark (AFP via Getty)

Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Southgate had no reason to substitute Jack Grealish during England’s Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark.

Aston Villa’s talisman started the match on the bench but was brought on in the 69th minute with the score at 1-1.

Harry Kane put England in front in the first half of extra time and just minutes later, Southgate opted to replace Grealish with Kieran Trippier in order to close out the game.

After the match, Southgate admitted he was keen to bring on an extra defender to counter Denmark’s attacking threat but Mourinho believes England’s opponents were ‘exhausted physically’ and keeping Grealish on would have boosted the Three Lions’ chances of scoring a third goal.

‘I didn’t like it too,’ Mourinho told talkSPORT when asked about Southgate’s decision to bring off Grealish.

‘But I did, not very similar, but probably even worse which was start a Champions League game – Tottenham vs Olympiacos – and after 20 minutes I had to make a change, we were losing 2-0, bringing [Eric] Dier out was something which broke my heart.

Jack Grealish was replaced in extra time after England went 2-1 ahead against Denmark

Jack Grealish was replaced in extra time after England went 2-1 ahead against Denmark (AP)

‘But I did it for the team and probably Gareth tried to explain to Grealish why he did that. If he did that, it was not with an intention to hurt Jack, I’m pretty sure of that. It was with the intention to try to help the team.

‘But honestly I didn’t see a reason for that because England were not in trouble, England were in control, Denmark were exhausted physically, mentally.

‘I could even feel with Jack having even more space and the game totally broken I could see Jack helping England resolve the game even easier and to kill it.

‘I didn’t feel any need [for Southgate] to do that. But I am 100 per cent sure Gareth did that with the intention of thinking about the team and not hurting the player.’

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