Bukayo Saka is expected to start England’s World Cup last-16 match against Senegal; the forward was rested for the final Group B match against Wales, in which Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford scored; Gareth Southgate is expected to stick with the 4-3-3 formation that served him well in the group stages.
Bukayo Saka is slated to start for England against Senegal in Sunday’s World Cup last-16 match, according to Sky Sports News.
Saka scored twice in England’s 6-2 World Cup group-stage triumph over Iran but did not score against the US the following match.
The Arsenal winger, 21, was then an unused replacement in the 3-0 win over Wales, with goal scorers Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford preferred.
But Saka will now make his comeback against Senegal on Sunday, as Gareth Southgate’s team aims to reach the quarter-finals for the third time in a row.
“I don’t think there’s a great difference between what Southgate has with his four wide forwards – Rashford and Foden playing the previous game, with Saka and Sterling playing the two games before – and what he goes with.
“The fact that he can chop and change demonstrates how much depth he has in those broad areas. I just felt like Foden and Rashford were the perfect ones to go with because they were so confident in the last game, but then you think back to the first game and remember how amazing Sterling and Saka were against Iran.
“There’s no denying Saka has been outstanding for Arsenal this season. Saka started against Iran and was named player of the match. He brought intensity to that attack, but also a defensive mindset, and I believe that’s what won him the nod tonight.
“Southgate knows he can rely on Saka to come back if there are any breaks, as he has the pace and energy to do so against an athletic Senegal side.
“However, it’s a big call.”
“Saka is set to start despite all talk of an unchanged lineup. As a result, either Phil Foden or Marcus Rashford is anticipated to miss out.
“The fact that Saka was rested in the previous game suggests that this was always planned.