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Jose Mourinho has revealed he wouldn’t pick Luke Shaw or Marcus Rashford for England’s opener at Euro 2020.
With the delayed 24-team competition set to kick-off on Friday night, the Three Lions have to wait a little longer before lacing up their boots in Group D.
Indeed, it’s on Sunday afternoon when Harry Kane and co get down to business against Croatia (2pm kick-off).
However, while there is a strong Manchester United representation at the tournament this summer, the former United manager Mourinho – now with Roma – reckons there are better options for Gareth Southgate to call upon than Shaw and Rashford.
During his own time at Old Trafford, the Portuguese openly criticised Shaw on a number of occasions.
But while Mourinho told talkSPORT that he has been impressed with the defender this season, he doesn’t feel as though Shaw has done enough to displace Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell.
Rashford, too, falls short of edging out Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish in Mourinho’s line-up, but there is a place for Dean Henderson between the posts.
This is the England line-up Jose Mourinho would pick during the Euro 2020 opener vs Croatia. (Image: Twitter (@talkSPORT)) Do you agree with the England team Mourinho has chosen? Let us know in the comments section below. Mourinho said: “In my opinion, I would go Henderson in goal. Centre-backs, without [Harry] Maguire, I would go [John] Stones and [Tyrone] Mings. The kid from Brighton, for me is a very good player, but he has just arrived and it doesn’t make sense. Left-back I would go with Chilwell, I wouldn’t think twice. I would go with Chilwell.
“I know that he plays normally at Chelsea with a five, but he is intelligent and he covers the space, the diagonals that come inside very well. He is dangerous in attack. He’s good in the air, he’s good in set-pieces. He can defend well a possible long build-up from Croatia on the first phase.”
Asked if he had thought about Shaw, Mourinho added: “No, no. I think he had a good season, clearly an evolution in terms of emotion, professionalism – clearly that. I think Chilwell has something more, especially with the ball and the way he thinks. He’s very calm under pressure. I like Chilwell, I would go with this back four.”
Explaining the absence of Rashford, Mourinho continued: “Grealish for me is tremendous with what he creates and his personality. He says ‘give me the ball’ and he reminds me a little bit – I don’t like comparisons, especially because I’m comparing with a gold ball winner – of my [Luis] Figo.
“I had him in different periods during my career, but I had him in his last season as a player at Inter. Even in his last season he was like; ‘Give me the ball and I resolve any problems for you’. The way he gets the ball, the personality and with the way he attacks people. He gets fouls. He gets penalties. I like him very much.”