Jadon Sancho was finally handed his first start for England at Euro 2020 in the 4-0 victory over Ukraine – but French newspaper L’Equipe have delivered a scathing review of his performance.
Sancho, Manchester United‘s newest big-name addition, was fielded on the right wing for the quarter-final clash and caught the eye with some mazy dribbling and one particular audacious piece of skill.
But not everyone was left impressed by what they saw, with L’Equipe hitting him with a four out of ten rating, which saw them claim that Sancho was the worst performer in the Three Lions’ team.
Jadon Sancho was handed his first start for England at Euro 2020 in the victory over Ukraine
But French newspaper L’Equipe handed Sancho a lowly rating of four out of ten after the game
The decision to largely leave Sancho on the bench during the tournament has proved a source of frustration for supporters, and the former Borussia Dortmund man was given his chance to shine on Saturday.
With Phil Foden benched again and Bukayo Saka ruled out through injury, Sancho lined up in an attacking trio with Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling, who all adeptly supported ace Harry Kane.
And during his appearance, Sancho demonstrated exactly why United opted to splash £73million on him, with his lightning-quick footwork, electric pace and flexibility on either flank making him a threat.
Sancho (left) dazzled with his quick feet on the right flank during the Three Lions’ heavy win
However, L’Equipe – who are notoriously hard to please – opted for a below-par verdict for him, with his number one above Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips, both of whom were awarded a five.
Jordan Pickford, John Stones, Declan Rice and Mount were given a six, while standout performers Harry Maguire and Raheem Sterling have been given a seven.
After that, Kane – who netted twice and appears back to his clinical best – as well as Luke Saw and boss Gareth Southgate received an eight out of ten.
The overall average for England was 6.2, a surprisingly low figure considering the manner in which the Three Lions had emphatically sealed their spot in the final four of the competition.
Sancho (left) has been made to stay patient for his chance to shine by Gareth Soutgate (right)
Rio Ferdinand struck a notable contrast to L’Equipe’s opinion, having lavished praise on Sancho at full-time and insisted the United fanbase have plenty to look forward to after his official arrival.
‘Yes, United have got a player on their hands,’ Ferdinand said live on the BBC.
‘This isn’t a surprise. This is what you’ve been seeing for three years, German fans. He moves like he’s on a dance floor, he mesmerises defenders.
‘The confidence and balance he has is rarely seen. Once he’s up to speed, this kid is unplayable.
Rio Ferdinand is excited to see what Sancho will be able to do for Manchester United this year
Sancho’s showing has likely seen him move into pole position to keep his spot against Denmark
‘There’s a weight of pass and decision-making that goes beyond his years.
‘I’ll tell you one thing. At Manchester United this player will have people off their seats. He’s a fabulous talent, mentally he’s very strong and he has the desire to be as good as he can be.
‘He can up the tempo of the game and no-one can change the game the way he does. This is his first game of the tournament and he plays like this.’
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