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Arsenal 21yo to start World Cup quarter-final

Arsenal 21yo to start World Cup quarter-final


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England forward Bukayo Saka (R) celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with Phil Foden (L) during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between England and Senegal at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on December 4, 2022. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

Matt Law reports that Gareth Southgate will name an unchanged England team for the World Cup quarter-final against France on Saturday night, meaning Bukayo Saka will join Phil Foden in the front three.

Southgate had his hand forced in the last round, to an extent, after Raheem Sterling returned to England for personal reasons.

Saka, Foden, Sterling, and Marcus Rashford have been the primary contenders for starts in the wide positions at this World Cup so far.

But with Sterling out and Rashford proving effective from the bench, it only made sense for Saka and Foden to start.

Sterling has since returned to the England camp, but David Ornstein reported on Friday that he wasn’t expected to start this match.

England's forward #17 Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
England’s forward Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Saka is England’s joint-top scorer at the World Cup so far, scoring three goals in three games for Southgate’s side.

The winger appears to have carried his strong club form into the internationals, having directly contributed to 10 goals in 14 Premier League games for Arsenal this season.

Unfortunately, Saka and England are up against the tournament’s top scorer in Kylian Mbappe, who has five goals in his four appearances (three starts).

It won’t be a straightforward match by any means, but good luck to Bukayo!





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