England’s route to Sunday’s Euro 2020 final has been convincing and thus, there have been few selection headaches. One of the talking points leading up to the tournament was Gareth Southgate’s attacking riches but the Three Lions boss has handled the situation seamlessly.
Marcus Rashford, who scored over 20 goals and assisted a further 15 last season, is yet to start a game. Jadon Sancho, who is set to complete a £73m move to Manchester United, has just started once.
Instead, Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka was given the nod for most games but Gary Neville now thinks that one of the two Manchester United wingers will be drafted back into the site for the final in a bold prediction.
“I have to say, that I think on Sunday we’ll see Sancho or Rashford playing in one of the wide positions instead of Saka. I think we need pace, so I don’t think it will be a Foden or a Grealish,” Neville told The Overlap.
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“If they do come in, you’ve got Rashford or Sancho and Sterling from those sides, making those runs, Mane does it with Liverpool and Salah — I’ve got a sneaky feeling with Rashford for this game.
“I’m not saying he’ll play, it could be Sancho, but I think one of the two could take Saka’s place.”
It would certainly be a remarkable turnaround for Rashford, having only been credited with 82 minutes of action in England’s opening six games. The 23-year-old has also been carrying a shoulder injury for all of this calendar year, with a foot injury also troubling him since March.