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.
What was said?
— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) June 22, 2021
Two absolute ballers. Saka x Grealish. 🔥🏴 pic.twitter.com/W3ssA6K00T
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) June 22, 2021
Jack Grealish is the absolute boy.
If you don’t rate him, there’s no hope.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) June 22, 2021
Grealish & Saka have been class. Great link up play from 2 Arsenal players tonight 🙌🏾
— Mo Gilligan (@MoTheComedian) June 22, 2021
#ENG so much more threatening when they move the ball quickly. Good movement, team-work and ambition in their goal. Saka, Phillips, Saka, Grealish, Kane, Grealish, Sterling ⚽️. No hesitation, few touches, just swift circulating of the ball. Much better. #ENGCZE #EURO2020
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) June 22, 2021
#ENG Grealish and Saka have brought this England side to life. Everything attack more urgent and menacing with them
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) June 22, 2021
Grealish and Saka 🔥🔥🔥
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) June 22, 2021
Grealish off for Bellingham. pic.twitter.com/UPhVaFVkvY
— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) June 22, 2021
Grealish and Shaw look very comfortable together on the left hand side 👀
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) June 22, 2021
Sterling has been really good tonight – quite apart from his goal.
Boos as Grealish goes off. They want him to stay on. He has become the people’s champion of this England squad
— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) June 22, 2021
England fans annoyed Grealish subbed off, but given shin problems it’s probably sensible and suggests he will probably start the last-16 game…
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) June 22, 2021
Grealish and Saka have been immense. Both Arsenal players making a significant difference tonight.
— FK ☕️ (@fkhanage) June 22, 2021
Get in! Brilliant from Saka, great cross from Grealish.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) June 22, 2021