Gary Neville believes that Southgate will pick Bukayo Saka to start ahead of Jadon Sancho for the semifinal of Euro 2020 against Denmark at Wembley. He also admitted that it will be a coin flip who gets the nod given the abundance of talent. Saka was injured for the quarterfinal against Ukraine but was impressive in his previous two matches. He was adjudged to be the man of the match in the Round of 16 win against Germany at Wembley.
“I think Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane pick themselves. But between Saka, Grealish, Foden, Sancho, Rashford, I honestly think you could flip a coin between them all and it could land on any of them and you wouldn’t be disappointed. We have such strength in those positions.” Gary Neville said about Bukayo Saka. “We are so blessed, that actually I pick one – Bukayo Saka to come back in for Sancho – but it’s not because I favor one over the other. I just thought Saka brought such energy to the game against Germany at Wembley and such energy to the game against Czech Republic that I feel he comes back in.”
“The Danish team won’t enjoy playing against him – that’s not to say they’d enjoy playing against Sancho or any other – I just think Saka had such an incredible influence on that crowd at Wembley,” he added. “But it may not even be a four-man defense system – Gareth may match Denmark up. He did that against the German team, and I do think that because of the experience against Scotland, where England struggled against the wing-backs, that he may match them again.”
Nevile also praised Southgate for his team selection during the tournament. Southgate has rotated his players perfectly to ensure that fatigue does not set in.