Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has backed Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka to start during England’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark.
The 19-year-old was impressive for Gareth Southgate’s side during victories against the Czech Republic and Germany before a slight knock kept him out of Saturday’s 4-0 triumph over Ukraine in Rome.
Manchester United’s new £72.9million man Jadon Sancho played in Saka’s place and looked lively, registering four successful dribbles as The Three Lions dominated the contest from start to finish.
However, Neville has claimed that the Gunners’ starlet should displace Sancho when England come up against Denmark in Wednesday’s semi-final at Wembley.
“I think Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane pick themselves,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“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.
“We are so blessed, that actually if I had to pick one – Bukayo Saka to come back in for Sancho – but it’s not because I favour 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.
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“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.”
Saka enjoyed an extremely productive season in North London, notching seven goals and ten assists as he was awarded the Gunners’ player of the year award in what was a difficult campaign for Mikel Arteta’s men.