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Jack Grealish, Harry Kane and Jarrod Bowen could form perfect England front three – CHRIS SUTTON

CHRIS SUTTON: Jack Grealish seems like a ‘super sub’ for Gareth Southgate, but if England’s World Cup opener were tomorrow I’d like to see him start… the Man City star could make the perfect three alongside Harry Kane and Jarrod Bowen

  • Jack Grealish was the difference for England in their 1-1 draw at Germany
  • If our World Cup opener was tomorrow I’d like to see Grealish wink
  • Eleven of his 22 caps have come off the couch despite his obvious creativity
  • The 26-year-old’s influence is required from the start alongside Harry Kane
  • Grealish and Kane could form a new attacking trio with Jarrod Bowen

On Wednesday I was asked a question: if the opening game of the 2022 World Cup in England were tomorrow, who would I want to see in the front three of Gareth Southgate? Here it goes: Jack Grealish on the left, Harry Kane in the middle and Jarrod Bowen on the right.

Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka might make your favorite front three – and that’s okay because they’re both great attackers – but I have my reasons for ruling them out. Grealish changed the game when he came into play against Germany.

It was his low cross that would have been buried by Kane had he not faced a great goalkeeper in the form of Manuel Neuer.

Jack Grealish should be in Gareth Southgate's starting plans for England at the World Cup

Jack Grealish should be in Gareth Southgate’s starting plans for England at the World Cup

Then it was his pass that led to the penalty awarded by the VAR for England’s late equalizer.

Eleven of Grealish’s 22 caps have come as replacements, making him look like a ‘super sub’ in Southgate’s eyes.

He was taken off the bench this month against Hungary and Germany, but I would like to see England benefit from his creativity from the start. Kane is Kane, and I don’t think I need to explain why he would start.

As for Bowen, he’d be on my right because he’s different. You couldn’t have a functional front three of Grealish, Kane and Saka because they all come to the ball.

They are programmed that way at their clubs and are very good at it. But it is better to have a mix.

Eleven of his 22 caps coming off the bench suggest Southgate sees him as a 'super sub'

Eleven of his 22 caps coming off the bench suggest Southgate sees him as a ‘super sub’

But Grealish's creativity is so clearly required for the Three Lions from the start of the games

But Grealish’s creativity is so clearly required for the Three Lions from the start of the games

Harry Kane would benefit from Grealish's inclusion from the start

Jarrod Bowen would also be perfect next to the couple

He could make the perfect front three with Harry Kane (L) and Jarrod Bowen (R)

You need that man who storms in from behind the ball and that’s Bowen, who scored twice that way for West Ham against Manchester City.

With him, England could mimic that double act of Kane and Son Heung-min that works so well for Tottenham – one playing those balls in the back and the other clinging to them.

A front three from Grealish-Kane-Bowen now gets my vote as I like the balance it provides, although that may change closer to the tournament once we see who is in shape.

Southgate will continue to experiment, so let’s see if he gives this trio a shot.

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