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Alan Shearer Names The Two Changes England Must Make Before Czech Republic Game

Alex Reid


Alan Shearer Names The Two Changes England Must Make Before Czech Republic Game

Alan Shearer has named the two players that England must introduce for their final group game after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Scotland.

However Harry Kane is not one of the players Shearer wants to see dropped for the Czech Republic match, despite the England captain struggling and being substituted in the win against Croatia and draw with Scotland.

'There's no doubt about it: Harry Kane will and should start the next game," Shearer told the BBC, per Metro.

"Forget about leaving your captain and your leader out. We know what he can do, we know what a good player he is. One chance and it's in the back of the net."

The two players Shearer wants to see come in, however, could revitalise an England attack that has delivered just one goal in two games. Namely, 17-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham and Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish.

Shearer added that he understood why Gareth Southgate had played two holding midfielders - in Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips - against Croatia. But the Euro 96 Golden Boot winner wants to see a more offensive-minded midfield against the Czechs.

"I understood the way he played against Croatia and having those players in there because England lost that semi-final in 2018 because they got bossed; they got the runaround, in midfield," said Shearer.

"I totally understood why he did that and it worked to perfection. I think he'll make changes in the next game and add a little bit of youth in there.

"Maybe Bellingham. He should definitely play Harry Kane, forget what anyone says about leaving him out.

"He could bring Bellingham in there to add something different and also Grealish."

While Kane didn't specify who would come out, let's presume he wouldn't go full 'Pep Guardiola in the Champions League final' and play without any defensive midfielders.

So presumably one of Rice or Phillips would come out for Borussia Dortmund's rising star Bellingham, while either Raheem Sterling or Phil Foden would likely make way for Grealish.

That would certainly be a popular choice with fans as Grealish was England's star performer in their two Euro 2020 warm-up games. The 25-year-old has so far played 27 minutes off the bench against Scotland in this tournament, earning his team four free-kicks.

He wasn't really able to lift a stodgy and blunt England, but the overall display was far from Grealish's fault.

And - if Shearer had his way - Jack and Jude would both get a chance to show what they can do against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Tuesday.

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: Euro 2020, Jude Bellingham, Jack Grealish, England, Alan Shearer, Harry Kane

Alex Reid
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