'No': Tony Adams shares what he's noticed Bukayo Saka just hasn't been doing in an England shirt
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'No': Tony Adams shares what he's noticed Bukayo Saka just hasn't been doing in an England shirt

England failed to follow up their impressive win over Iran with a similar performance against the USA on Friday.

Gareth Southgate named an unchanged squad that included Arsenal star Bukayo Saka.

However, Tony Adams wasn’t impressed with one aspect of Saka’s performance in his column for The Sun.

Gareth Southgate’s side were lacklustre in possession and struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities.

The combination of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Saka worked so well against Iran.

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However, they failed to link up effectively against the USA, and looked very isolated at times.

Kane only managed two shots in the whole game, and neither tested Arsenal keeper Matt Turner.

Adams has now said that Saka didn’t try to cross the ball often enough, something he’s noticed in all of England’s games.

He also believes that Kane is spending enough time in the box to give Saka that option.

Saka didn’t cross the ball enough – Adams

Adams wrote in his column in The Sun that England’s attacker may need to change their approach going forward.

“He [Kane] doesn’t get in behind the defence and he doesn’t face you up. He’s a link player who is going deeper and deeper to get the ball,” Adams said.

“Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling on either side of him do face people up and take the ball to them, but they’re not getting in behind either and there are no crosses coming in for Kane where he can be dangerous.”

England scored three goals directly from crosses against Iran, but Saka didn’t provide assists for any of them.

He did expertly finish from a Harry Maguire knock down after a corner, and has proved his season how effective he can be in front of goal.

Saka doesn’t tend to swing in many crosses for Arsenal either, instead preferring to drive towards the by-line and drill the ball across goal.

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England’s patient build-up play doesn’t tend to suit Saka trying this at international level, but Adams still believes he doesn’t cross enough.

Saka has recently been compared to David Beckham by Gabby Agbonlahor, which would be in complete contrast to his lack of deliveries.

It’s hard to criticise the youngster given how good he was in England’s opening game.

The Three Lions’ issues are deeper than not getting enough crosses in from out wide.

They have to avoid a heavy defeat to Wales to progress, but Southgate will be hoping his side can use tomorrow’s match to find another gear before the knockout stages.

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