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Bukayo Saka Could Be Dropped For The Euro 2020 Final According To Gary Neville

Gary Neville has proposed that Gareth Southgate rearrange his England line-up for tonight’s historic Euro 2020 final against Italy by omitting Bukayo Saka.

Saka, 19, has been one of England’s standout performers in the tournament, impressing against Czech Republic in the last group stage match before going on to face Germany and Denmark in the knockout stages.

And Southgate is expected to name an unchanged lineup from the semi-final victory against Denmark.

Apart for Phil Foden, who has a minor knock, England has a totally fit 26-man team.

Gareth Southgate may decide to rest Bukayo Saka for England’s match against Italy tonight. Gary Neville suggested Saka may be sidelined as Southgate considers keeping his starting lineup same. But Neville, speaking on ITV’s final preview show, highlighted Arsenal winger Saka as the only player who could miss out on the Wembley clash.

With Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling untouchable and Mason Mount considered as a critical part in Southgate’s team behind the front three, Saka, Foden, Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, and Jadon Sancho have effectively been fighting for one spot in the forward line.

‘There’s just one option, and that’s Saka,’ Neville explained.

‘I realize that’s an unpopular statement, but I have a feeling he’ll say, ‘Go for sixty minutes and we’ll get you off,’ which he’s done before, and he’ll stick with the same team.’

I’m just wondering if he’ll bring someone else in.’ Saka has been mentioned in a lot of pre-game interviews this week, but former Manchester United and England right back Neville believes it’s all a ruse.

Southgate has options on the wing in Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. ‘Really putting him up for interviews before the final makes me think he might not be playing,’ he said.

‘If Rashford was in form, I’d play Rashford-Sterling just to get behind (Giorgio) Chiellini and (Leonardo) Bonucci, but Rashford hasn’t been in the best of form,’ says the manager.

If Saka does not play, I believe it will be Sancho.

‘I think you have to play two of the quicker ones, like Saka, Sancho, or Rashford on one side, and Sterling on the other.’ Saka was crucial against Denmark, being put through by Kane and setting up Sterling for Simon Kjaer’s own goal equalize.

As England went for the win, he was replaced by Jack Grealish.

On ITV’s preview broadcast, Roy Keane and Ian Wright joined the argument over England’s starting XI. ‘He (Southgate) has good choices,’ Roy Keane remarked.

‘It would be good to see Saka,’ says the narrator.

People are concerned about young players, but we’ve watched him get interviewed and he’s handled it all with ease, and his pace and movement have been exceptional.

‘Getting down the sides of Italy is going to be a major part of the game if Kane is going to be dropping deep,’ Ian Wright added. ‘Saka will get the ball and go at their middle and defense, get behind them and make something happen.’

That’s what we’ve seen from him, and it’s probably why Gareth believes in him so much.

‘I’m thinking it’s something where he goes for an hour and you bring on someone like Sancho, Rashford, or Grealish.’

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