Danny Murphy wants 'electric' Arsenal star Bukayo Saka to start for England vs Senegal
The youngster made his World Cup debut in the Three Lions’ opening game against Iran last month. He was sensational then, scoring twice and picking up the Man of the Match award.
Now, Gareth Southgate has to decide whether to start him against Senegal.
Danny Murphy wants ‘electric’ Arsenal star Bukayo Saka to start for England vs Senegal
England’s wide players have all caught the eye in Qatar.
Saka and Raheem Sterling started and scored against Iran in the opening game, while Marcus Rasfhford is England’s top scorer with three goals in the tournament so far.
Phil Foden got in on the act too against Wales earlier this week, which has made Southgate’s decision a very, very hard one ahead of England’s game against Senegal.
Murphy believes the Three Lions boss has to go with Saka because the Arsenal man possesses a ‘wonderful ability’.
He said on talkSPORT: “I’d probably go Rashford and Saka (on the wings). Foden has been playing well for City, he’s got plenty of goals, so you really wouldn’t be too worried if he was in the starting XI.
“But (we need) pace, ability to go past people, scoring goals – Saka has been electric.
“Saka has got this wonderful ability when he’s got the ball in tight areas, to still go (past people), he’s got the strength.”
Saka started each of England’s first two games at the World Cup
The Arsenal man was sensational against Iran, while when England faced the USA, he couldn’t quite have the same kind of impact – much like many of his teammates.
It really is a difficult decision for Southgate, but picking Saka would not be a bad idea at all. He has been brilliant since the start of the season, and with the game against Senegal expected by many to be a lot more open, the Arsenal man could have a massive impact on the right flank.
England take on the African champions on Sunday, and it will be interesting to see if Southgate agrees with Murphy and starts Saka.