Bukayo Saka is expected to start Sunday’s World Cup round-of-16 match for England against Senegal, according to Sky Sports News.
Saka scored twice in the 6-2 win over Iran in the group stage of the World Cup opening match, but failed to score in the next match against the United States.
The 21-year-old Arsenal winger was an unused substitute in the 3-0 win over Wales and was favored by both goalscorers Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford.
But Saka will return to the starting line-up against Senegal on Sunday, as Gareth Southgate’s side look to reach the quarter-finals for a third consecutive tournament.
What does entering Saka mean for an aggressive lineup?
Sky Sports News Senior Reporter Melissa Reddy:
“Despite rumors of an unchanged lineup, Saka are set to start, so expect either Phil Foden or Marcus Rashford to miss.
“The fact that Saka was resting in the previous game probably means this was always planned.
“That leaves the question of what Southgate will do elsewhere on offense. Both Foden and Rashford offer something different. grace and dynamism were shown against Wales, but I don’t think there are many complaints about Saka’s joining.
“Raheem Sterling is also someone Southgate trusts and Southgate has never started a knockout game without him.The Sterling-Kane combination is one of the cornerstones of his management.”
Reporter Note: Who else will start for England?
Sky Sports News Senior Reporter Rob Dorsett said:
Most of the sides would definitely stay the same. As I would expect, the 4-3-3 formation has worked well for England in the tournament so far and he’s been able to bring in an extra man in midfield so that will remain constant. I think.
A toss-up between right-back Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, but the back four could be the same. A trait Southgate have always appreciated, England lose some of their set-piece expertise when Trippier is not in the squad.
Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham are solid midfield picks, and Jordan Henderson will be able to nod ahead of Mason Mount due to his wealth of experience and consistent presence.
Harry Kane has yet to score a goal at this World Cup, but we know he will be at the forefront of the England squad. Although the captain hasn’t played at full pace, he claimed at the pre-match press conference that he was perfectly fit and feeling great.
His involvement is still very valuable. The three assists are the most by an Englishman at a World Cup since David Beckham over 20 years ago.
That raises the biggest issue over England’s wide-ranging attack, which has been the subject of much debate since their victory over Wales. Long before that game, actually.
Expecting Jack Grealish to remain as England’s supersub allows for convincing arguments for each of Rashford, Foden, Sterling and Saka, making it a “two out of four” issue.
Saka is expected to start, but Southgate said in his pre-match press conference that all four were exceptional, each offering something different, “I don’t know if it’s right or wrong”. T. That’s right.
He also correctly noted that there were five substitutes available, each of whom could make an impact from the bench.
There is speculation among the media that Henderson, Rashford and Foden must be in the starting squad as they have given media interviews in recent days. I don’t know if FA or Southgate works like that.
England’s potential route to the World Cup final.
Round of 16 – Sunday 4th December
England versus Senegal – 7pm kick off
Quarterfinals – Saturday 10th December
England versus France Also Poland – 7pm kick off
Semifinals – Wednesday 14 December
England versus Morocco/Spain/Portugal/Switzerland – 7pm kick off
Last 16 games
Saturday, December 3rd
Dutch 3 – 1 USA
Argentina 2-1 Australia
Sunday, December 4th
France (winner of Group D) vs Poland (Group C Runners Up) – 3pm Kick Off
England (Winner of Group B) vs Senegal (Group A runners-up) – 19:00 kick-off
Monday, December 5th
Japan (Sinners in Group E) vs Croatia (Group F runners-up) – 15:00 kick-off
Brazil (winner of Group G) vs Korea (Group H runners-up) – 19:00 kick-off
Tuesday, December 6th
Morocco (winner of Group F) vs Spain (Group E runners-up) – 3pm kick-off
Portugal (Group H Winner) vs Switzerland (Group G runner-up) – 19:00 kick off