Glenn Hoddle believes Jadon Sancho is behind Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka in the England pecking order – but he insists the Manchester United target could still become a hero this summer.
Sancho is yet to start for the Three Lions at Euro 2020, only making it off the bench in their final group outing against Czech Republic last week.
The Borussia Dortmund star, who is reportedly closing in on a move to United, will hope to get the nod in Tuesday's last-16 showdown with Germany.
But Hoddle cannot see him starting ahead of Foden and Saka, who he feels are ahead of him in Gareth Southgate's pecking order right now.
"Jadon Sancho is a victim of a strong squad and the way that England are looking to play at the moment," the former England manager told Betfair.
"If he's going to come in on the right side he's got to outdo Foden, and Foden's got immense experience for a youngster playing against top teams in the Champions League. I hope he plays against Germany.
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"Saka did really well (against Czech Republic), so he's ahead of Sancho. I don't think it's a snub at all. Gareth's seeing things slightly differently than hitting teams on the break.
"I haven't seen enough of Sancho yet to say whether I think he's worth £100m or not. This is what intrigues me about tournaments: Sancho might have to come on and take a penalty and he might become a hero. Then he might gain confidence and start the next game.
"This can happen in a tournament – look at Geoff Hurst, he didn't think he was going to start any games. And Jimmy Greaves, he was hoping to maybe get in for Roger Hunt, then suddenly he wins us the World Cup.
"Sancho's Bundesliga experience could help a little bit. But Foden's played at the top level against different teams and different systems.
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"I don't know if Gareth would put Sancho in because of that reason. Germany might know his game inside out as well. I think Foden will start."
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