Jamie Redknapp says 'fantastic' Chelsea star can make you look like a fool if not pressurised

Jamie Redknapp felt England have to snuff about Chelsea midfielder Jorginho if they are to win the European Championships.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Redknapp believed the Blues maestro is set to play a major part in Sunday’s showpiece event.

Jorginho has been exemplary throughout the tournament and deserves to be crowned champion of Europe for the second time this year.

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It was his picture-perfect penalty that secured Italy’s place in the final, topping off what has been a glittering competition up to this point.

His name has even been thrown into the Ballon d’Or conversation by pundits and compatriots alike.

Roberto Mancini’s side will face England at Wembley this weekend, following the Three Lions extra-time victory over Denmark last night.

Redknapp identified Jorginho as the main man Gareth Southgate’s boys must nullify if they are to get their hands on the trophy.

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“I think Jorginho is a fantastic player technically, but can you hurry him up? Can you put him under pressure?” said the former Liverpool midfielder.  

“Of course, he’s brilliant, he gets it on the half-turn and he’ll play balls. Sometimes he can make you look like a bit of a fool.

“But you still need to gamble and press him and win the ball high up the pitch.”

Italy’s flowing, fast-paced football usually goes through Jorginho, who is typically found roaming between the centre circle and his own penalty area.

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If England can block the Azzurri’s source, their chances of winning the Euros will increase.

Of course, he is not the only threat Southgate’s team have to worry about.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.