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Tactically, it was quite an obvious switch and, in these multi-substitute days, it will become more and more common.
In fact, if the trend continues towards more and more replacements being allowed, then it won’t be long before a sub replaces a sub who has replaced a sub.
It was a decisive move by Gareth Southgate to hook substitute Jack Grealish and send on Kieran Trippier but not a bold one.
Here’s a bold one. Turn to a man who knows how to inspire on the biggest stage but break the heart of a lieutenant who has served you faithfully for six games leading up to Sunday’s final.
Turn to a man who has played in two Champions League finals, captaining his team to a victory just 12 months after a bitter defeat, but give crushing news to someone who has never let you down.
Gareth Southgate has some extremely difficult decisions to make ahead of Sunday's Euro 2020 final
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)
Turn to a man who, a couple of seasons ago, spearheaded a club’s first successful title challenge in three decades but tell a key foot soldier in the march to the final that he is sitting on the bench.
Turn to Jordan Henderson and tell either Declan Rice or Kalvin Phillips they are dropped.
Now that would be bold. Now that would be brutal. But that would be the right call.
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Phillips and Rice have been excellent throughout this tournament, their axis a crucial factor in England’s progress to the ultimate match.
No wonder Rice looked a little exhausted when, for the fourth time, he made way for Henderson on Wednesday.
Remarkably, Phillips shows few signs of fatigue. The only minutes he has missed were 25 against Ukraine when England were four up and a yellow card would have kept him out of the semi-final.
Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice have been two of Southgate's heroes throughout the tournament
Henderson has not started a game in five months and, with such flexibility from the bench, can have an impact, just as he has done when he has appeared at Euro 2020 for a decent amount of time.
Right now, he seems an ideal substitute. But the Liverpool skipper, who looks fit and fresh after his careful recovery, is a big player, simple as that. A big-game player.
And against Italy, Southgate needs that sort of player from the off.
This is a different-level midfield England will be up against. Jorginho, Marco Verratti, Nicolo Barella, probably. The outstanding Manuel Locatelli might get a shout.
Someone will need to stop Jorginho pulling the strings. Henderson is as well-equipped as anyone.
And while much is made of Southgate’s promotion of youth, he still has a reliance on his senior pros.
The eleven that ended the Denmark game had an average age over 27.
Jordan Henderson has very recent experience of guiding his club team to glory
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Of course, that could be a Southgate ploy. Let youth run them ragged and let experience see it out. Fair enough.
But this is a final against the savviest of opponents. This is when you want your proven leaders from the start.
And Henderson is certainly one of those.
Southgate’s decisions have long since gone beyond question but, in English football’s biggest game in over half a century, there is a bold move for him to make.
It would be brutal … but it would be bold. And right.
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