Euro 2020 final: Neville calls for Sancho or Rashford to start ahead of Saka

Euro 2020 final: Neville calls for Sancho or Rashford to start ahead of Saka

The former Manchester United defender believes the exciting Arsenal youngster should be left out of Gareth Southgate’s starting XI against Italy

The Euro 2020 final may be “one game too much” for Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka claims Gary Neville, with the former Manchester United defender looking for Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho to fill the starting berth against Italy.

Gareth Southgate has shown faith in the 19-year-old Gunners youngster at this summer’s European Championship, with Saka making his starting XI on three occasions.

Two of those outings have been in the knockout stage, against Germany in the last-16 and the semi-final showdown with Denmark, but Neville believes more experience and direct running will be required against the Azzurri with silverware on the line.

“What he did last night, the amount he has given in this tournament, I just feel we will see somebody else. I look at (Giorgio) Chiellini and (Leonardo) Bonucci, and I think, who wouldn’t they like to have in those wide areas, making that inside runs?

“I actually think it could be a game for Rashford or Sancho to accompany Sterling in those wide positions.

“I think those wide positions need to be quick players, who make out to in runs, so I don’t think we will see Saka on Sunday.

“I think it might be one game too much for him. I was there in Euro 1996 as a 21-year-old and I was absolutely exhausted as I went through the tournament.

“I just feel that, on Sunday, he may be a handy sub to have and he [Southgate] may bring in other players, who haven’t played on Wednesday night.”

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