The duo played a major role in the Three Lions’ only goal as they defeated the Czech Republic
Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka hadn’t been given much of a chance to impress for England at Euro 2020 before Tuesday.
But Gareth Southgate handed both players starts against the Czech Republic in their Group D finale, and the duo made their impact felt.
Grealish directed much of the play in the middle and grabbed the assist for Raheem Sterling’s first-half opener, while Saka was menacing on the flank as England defeated the Czechs 1-0 at Wembley.
Making the most of their chances
Grealish had made one appearance off the bench in England’s first two Euro 2020 matches, while Saka had not played at all.
But both players played a major part in England’s opener, with Saka carrying the ball forward and beating his defender to find Grealish, who also beat his man and stood up an inviting ball to the back post for Sterling to head home.
Some Arsenal fans picked up on the duo’s chemistry, urging the Gunners to buy Grealish from Aston Villa in a move that has been rumoured for some time.
Plenty of other observers simply pointed out the sheer class of the pair, who could be set to play a major role as England advanced to the round of 16.