Jose Mourinho says he “didn’t like” the controversy of Jack Grealish’s substitutions for England – and said there was “no reason” for it.
The Aston Villa midfielder came on for the Three Lions after 70 minutes during their Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark.
And he was on the pitch when Raheem Sterling won the extra-time penalty which captain Harry Kane put into the net to secure a 2-1 lead they would not lose.
When it came to the break in the additional 30 minutes, though, Grealish was hauled off by Gareth Southgate for the remaining time.
Kieran Trippier was brought on in his place, with the England boss switching to a back three to make sure Denmark did not concede a late equaliser.
It was a decision greeted with shock, though, as ITV pundit Gary Neville said it would have been “embarrassing’ to the Three Lions’ No.7.
And Mourinho, who has seen the 25-year-old in action while managing for Manchester United and Tottenham previously, added his criticism to the decision.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the new Roma manager said: “I didn’t like it. But I did not similar but even worse. Start a player and after 20 minutes make a change. That broke my heart but I did it for the team.
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“It was not done with the intention to hurt Jack. But I did not see a reason for it. England were not in trouble, Denmark were exhausted.
“I could even see with England having more space, Jack helping England to kill the game. So I did not see any reason to do it.”
Grealish and Southgate were snapped having a conversation at full time, following qualification to the final against Italy on July 11.
But the manager said there was no animosity, saying: “He said to me, 'Gaffer, it doesn’t matter. I’m not bothered. We’ve got to the final’!
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"I must say, I thought he had absolutely the impact we were looking for at the moment when he came into the game.
"Bukayo [Saka] had actually settled into the game, he started a bit nervously but he was playing well.
"But we just felt that Jack could give us even more at that moment, and Raheem running at Jannik Vestergaard on the other side was a change we fancied seeing as well."
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