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Report: Arsenal star could now be in danger of losing his place as a starter at the World Cup
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Report: Arsenal star could now be in danger of losing his place as a starter at the World Cup

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka could now be in danger of losing his place as a starter for England at the World Cup, according to the Guardian

Saka has been in brilliant form for the Gunners this season and it earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up last week. 

The 21-year-old started against both Iran and USA, bagging a brilliant brace in England’s World Cup opener. The Arsenal youngster has been superb under Mikel Arteta and fully deserved his place on the right-hand side. 

But after a disappointing goalless draw against America, Saka could be at risk of losing his place to Manchester City star Phil Foden. 

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Saka in danger of losing place as starter 

The Guardian reports that Foden is expected to play out wide in the event that he starts, which could mean that he’ll replace Saka on the right-hand side. 

Foden is currently battling with Jack Grealish for a starting spot and does not play as a number ten for City, so it’s unlikely that he’ll replace Mason Mount. 

Saka has started on the right while Raheem Sterling has played off the left in both of England’s World Cup games. If Foden is given the nod, one of them is likely to be dropped by Southgate. 

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TBR View: Dropping Saka would be harsh 

Saka wasn’t at his best against the USA on Friday but he certainly wasn’t alone as England put in a below-par performance. 

Yet, the Gunners youngster was still one of their brightest players on the day. He provided Harry Kane with a decent opportunity in the first-half and even had a chance to score himself. 

While Sterling has been brilliant for England over the past four years, Saka has arguably been better than the Chelsea star over the last two games. 

It would be great to see Southgate hand Saka a big vote of confidence and give him another chance to impress against Wales tonight. 

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