'I just felt': Jamie Carragher now shares whether he thinks Arsenal's Bukayo Saka should start for England tonight
Saka has been a standout performer at the Emirates this season and his form under Mikel Arteta certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The 21-year-old is an integral part of Arsenal’s side and his four goals and six assists have helped the Gunners open up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League table.
The Gunners youngster carried his brilliant form into Qatar and started in both of England’s opening games. He marked his World Cup debut with a brilliant brace against Iran but lost his place in the starting line-up against Wales after a goalless draw against the USMNT.
Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford impressed as England beat Rob Page’s men 3-0 and now Gareth Southgate faces a tough choice ahead of tonight’s last-16 clash with Senegal.
Sky Sports reports that Saka is expected to start once again tonight but Carragher feels Southgate should have stuck with both Foden and Rashford.
Carragher on Saka
Now, Carragher has reacted to the news that Saka could be in line to return to Southgate’s side for a huge clash later today.
“What Southgate has got with his four wide forwards – Rashford and Foden playing the last game with Saka and Sterling playing the two games before – I don’t think there’s a huge difference with what he goes with,” Carragher told Sky Sports News today.
“The fact he can chop and change shows how much strength in depth he’s got in those wide areas. I just felt that Foden and Rashford were the right ones to go with, just because they were so confident in the last game, but then again you go to the first game and you think of how good Sterling and Saka were in that Iran game.
“I’m not shocked or surprised with what he does in the wide areas because we’ve got so much quality there. It’s the one area in the squad where there is real competition for places.”
Southgate boasts a wealth of attacking options in the current England side but Saka deserves another chance from the off today.
The Arsenal star was England’s best player against Iran and while the level of his performance dropped during the goalless draw with the USMNT, he was still one of England’s brighter players on the day.
Southgate faces a really tough call over his wide players tonight and after Rashford’s brace against Wales, it would be difficult to drop the Manchester United man.
Saka will be hoping that he can impress for England once again and help Southgate’s men in what is a difficult test against Senegal.
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