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Gary Neville tells Gareth Southgate to bring Bukayo Saka back for England vs Denmark


Gareth Southgate has more big selection decisions to make (Picture: Getty Images)

Gary Neville wants to see Bukayo Saka back in England’s starting XI when they take on Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 on Wednesday night.

The Three Lions thrashed Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday to set up the clash with the Danes in the final four, and after starting the previous two games, Saka sat out of the quarter-final.

The Arsenal youngster had been impressive in starting the wins over Czech Republic and Germany, but Jadon Sancho replaced him in the side for the meeting with Ukraine.

The teenager didn’t even get off the bench, with Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin the offensive substitutes to make an appearance in Rome.

Southgate has continually changed his starting XI throughout the tournament, so despite the resounding win he may well do so again and Neville would like to see a return for Saka.

Asked on Twitter for his choice of starting XI against Denmark, Neville wrote: ‘Same team but Saka back in.’

The former Manchester United and England star did not say who he would drop from the side that started the match against Ukraine, although Sancho seems to be the obvious choice.

Raheem Sterling has started all five matches so far so could be due a rest, but the Manchester City man has been in good form, scoring three goals and impressively setting up Harry Kane’s opener against Ukraine on Saturday.

Sancho played well on his first start of the tournament, but may not have done enough to keep hold of his place with Saka pushing for a return.

Bukayo Saka impressed in his two starts against Czech Republic and Germany (Picture: Getty Images)

There will also be a decision for Southgate to make over whether Mason Mount keeps his spot in the team.

The Chelsea man returned to the starting XI after his Covid isolation period and may well retain his place, but Jack Grealish remains another option for Southgate.

The Aston Villa captain his only started one match so far at Euro 2020 and made two other appearances as a sub, so will be raring to get a chance in the semis.

The match against Denmark is held at Wembley at 8pm on Wednesday 7 July.


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