Jose Mourinho picks England XI for Czech Republic clash at Euro 2020 with Grealish and Bellingham BOTH starting

JACK GREALISH and Jude Bellingham MUST start for England against Czech Republic, according to SunSport columnist Jose Mourinho.

The Three Lions slipped to a poor, goalless draw against Scotland having beaten Croatia 1-0 in their opening game.



But with their spot in the last-16 assured following Monday night's results, Mourinho has urged Gareth Southgate to attack with Grealish and Bellingham in the starting XI.

Looking ahead to the Czech Republic clash on talkSPORT, Mourinho kicked off by criticising Reece James and Luke Shaw for their performance against the Scots.

The pair replaced Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in the starting XI but offered little to nothing in attack.

And Mourinho claimed: "I think the most important thing is confidence.

"I don't believe when Gareth decided to play James and Shaw he told them 'don't attack, stay on the line of four, be cautious'. I don't believe that.

"James and Shaw are good attacking players, fast players. They go forward, the create, they cross… but they didn't.

"They were quiet, they stuck to the basics. But offensively they were poor."

Mourinho also slammed Southgate's decision to play both Declan Rice AND Kalvin Phillips against Scotland, despite their impressive showing against Croatia.

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The Special One continued: "In this match, you don't play Rice and Phillips together. It made sense against Croatia.

"But in a game like this you need more. You want players who create more in the final third.

"They have the quality, they must find the confidence. You are playing for the England national team…

"The pressure is huge, but to wear the Three Lions shirt, you must have them in the right place and go for it with everything. Be fearless. Be more confident.

"They start that game knowing they are qualified, now it's about finishing first and second.

"I'm totally convinced England will win well this afternoon."

Harry Kane continued his underwhelming Euro 2020 with an anonymous showing against Scotland – but Mourinho has suggested he's simply struggling to adapt to England's very different dynamic to Tottenham

Mourinho added: "The striker has to improve, but a striker depends on his team and the dynamic.

"The best thing for a player is when he's lucky enough to play in the national team with similar dynamics as at his club.

"In this case, the way England is trying to play has now transfer of dynamic from club to national team. The way he's playing is not similar to what he does at Tottenham.

"Same with Phil Foden on the right. Mason Mount is now playing more as a No8 than a No10.

"In Harry's case, the team is not reaching him. Harry, when he drops deep, they need to find him, they need players to make movements behind, they must attack the last line."


Mourinho added: "How many chances has Harry missed? He hasn't missed. It's a consequence of the way the team is playing.

"If he takes three shots (vs Czech Republic) he will score two goals."

Mourinho suggested England either play a second striker or a natural No10 in order to give Kane some much-needed support.

The SunSport columnist said: "You need a second man, if not a striker – because England don't play with one – this second man must be somebody who plays close to him.

"Mount is playing closer to the midfielders than the striker. You need a midfield player who can arrive in behind, so you need a second player because now it's just Harry.

"England has to do more to allow Harry to give more."

Mourinho concluded by naming his England team for Czech Republic, urging Southgate to be brave and play both Grealish AND Bellingham, with Phillips the man to miss out.

The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid boss claimed: "In the first game, I was saying 'Bellingham, Grealish, Bellingham Grealish'…

"But I agreed totally when Gareth didn't play them. First game, lots of pressure, the way Croatia played… I supported it.

"But in this sort of match a player like Bellingham is better to have over Rice and Phillips – both playing well, but the team needs something different.

"When a team is lacking confidence and playing with fear and caution – you have to play the one that doesn't hide.

"And the one that doesn't hide is Grealish. He can make mistakes, lose the ball – but he doesn't hide."


Mourinho added: "I believe in this moment, England need that.

"If Mount is out, then I believe it's easy – you just play Grealish as a No10 and give him freedom to play close to Harry, to create, to dribble, to get free-kicks…

"I would play Grealish there and Bellingham in midfield.

"It will be a difficult decision because it's not easy to leave out players who are happy with.

"But between Rice and Phillips one would have to stay out… Phillips probably.

"So my midfield would be Rice, Bellingham and Grealish."

In attack, Mourinho suggested Southgate drop Foden to bring in Marcus Rashford – not because the Manchester City star is playing badly, but simply as the Three Lions' squad is so talented.

Mourinho continued: "Kane in his normal position, then on the two wings it's one of Sterling or Rashford – if not both, because England need a bit of that.

"No Foden for this match. When you have this kind of squad, no drama – this is a normal situation.

"So to leave Foden or Phillips out is not to say 'I'm not happy with you, you're not playing well' – it's just a very natural situation.

"It's a big squad, 26 players, lots of quality – everybody is ready to play – and I just feel every game is different.

"If you play Portugal, France or Germany in the next match, maybe you make other decisions."

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