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Sven-Goran Eriksson urges Gareth Southgate to drop Arsenal star Bukayo Saka for England’s World Cup quarter-final against France

  • December 05, 2022
Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged Gareth Southgate to make a change (Picture: Sky Sports)

Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged Gareth Southgate to drop Arsenal star Bukayo Saka for England’s World Cup quarter-final against France.

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Saka scored England’s third goal in their 3-0 last-16 win over Senegal on Sunday, with Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane also getting on the scoresheet.

The Gunners forward started England’s World Cup group games against Iran and USA before being rested for the final Group B fixture against Wales.

While Saka impressed in England’s victory over Senegal, former Three Lions boss Eriksson believes he should be replaced by Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford on Saturday when Southgate’s side face France for a place in the semi-finals.

Rashford has largely featured from the bench in Qatar but starred when starting against Wales, scoring twice in the 3-0 win.

‘Bukayo Saka is very quick but I think Marcus Rashford should start ahead of him despite his goal against Senegal,’ Eriksson told BoyleSports.

‘I think France will have more of the ball so we need as much speed as we can get against them.

Bukayo Saka scored in England’s victory over Senegal (Picture: Getty)

‘If we have Rashford on the counter we have a lot better chance of breaking and being more lethal on the counter so I’d have to go with Rashford, Foden and Kane against France.

‘Rashford is a runner with and without the ball, he has to play.’

On England’s impressive victory over Senegal, Eriksson added: ‘England were great yesterday – it was another great game.

‘They didn’t start extremely well but after the first goal they controlled everything.

‘They scored three goals, all counter attacks and England are very good at that as they have the skill in one on one situations and the pace.

‘They are one of the best counter-attacking sides in the tournament and it showed.

‘I think England do have the best attack in the tournament, but Kylian Mbappe is not that bad!

‘England have so many solutions. Kane should always play but around him there’s so many to choose from. It makes England so strong.’

MORE : ‘Very proud’ Sadio Mane reacts to Senegal’s World Cup defeat to England

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