Journalist: 'Amazing' Arsenal player among three being considered for key role for England v Iran
Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka could be given a starting place when England play Iran, with Gareth Southgate considering playing ‘tricky’ players.
That’s according to The Independent’s Miguel Delaney anyway. He writes in his latest Reading the Game column how the England coach is considering playing a number of attacking players. The intention being that they can break down a staunch Iran defence.
Options for Southgate
England manager Southgate has so many options in attack. Iran are known for being defensive minded. And with that in mind, Delaney writes how the likes of Foden, Saka, and Grealish could all be key for The Three Lions.
“While Gareth Southgate appears set to start Harry Maguire against Iran, as most expect, much more interesting will be his attack. This is likely to be a long and frustrating game for England. Carlos Quieroz remains the master at setting up sides defensively, as Iran have proved in the last few tournaments,” Delaney writes.
“They came so close to eliminating Spain and Portugal in 2018. They forced Leo Messi into a long-range stoppage-time winner in 2014. England are going to find it very congested around that 18-yard box, and it’s likely that Southgate’s usual approach won’t be sufficient. It is why he is currently giving mind to more of England’s trickier players – such as Jack Grealish and Phil Foden – starting. Bukayo Saka could be key.”
Dubbed ‘amazing‘ by Callum Wilson recently, it seems Saka has the backing of his England teammates right now anyway.
TBR’s View: Saka can star for England against Iran
Iran will be a more difficult task for England than some think. Sure, England should beat them. But this is the World Cup, and you just never know.
In addition, Iran are also a top 20 ranked team. They’ll be so keen for a result. Which is why players like Saka and Foden could win the game for England.
Saka starting is a no-brainer really anyway. He has been so good for Arsenal that he deserves his chance. Southgate has players like Sterling and Mount who he relies on and trusts. But Saka deserves his shot, and he could well be a game-changer for England here.
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