Neville: Sancho might replace Saka against Italy

Sun 11 July 2021 | 11:00

The former England international says the Arsenal winger might be the only player to be omitted from the Three Lions lineup.


will face


in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. The Three Lions are on the verge of winning their first trophy in 55 years, thanks to their well-equipped squad for the tournament. Gareth Southgate has made a few changes to his side’s lineup for each game, but

Gary Neville

believes the 50-year-old won’t make major changes to the side that defeated Denmark in the semi-finals.

"There is only one possible change and that's Saka,"

he said to

ITV Sport


"I know that would possibly be an unpopular thing to say.

"He may say [to Saka] go for 60 minutes and we'll get you off - which he's done before - he may say that and go with the same team.

"But I just wonder whether he might bring someone else in.

"Actually putting him up for interviews before the final makes me think he might not be playing.

"If Rashford was in form I'd go Rashford-Sterling just to get in behind [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Leonardo] Bonucci but Rashford hasn't been in the greatest of form.”

Jadon Sancho

, who completed a £73 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United last week, started for the Three Lions against Denmark. Neville believes the 21-year-old could be a suitable replacement for Saka on the right-hand side of England’s final third.

"I would think it would be Sancho if Saka doesn't play.

"I think you have to play two of the quicker ones, so it would be Saka, Sancho or Rashford with Sterling on the other side."

Having missed England’s training session on Saturday,

Phil Foden

is the only injury doubt for the Three Lions ahead of the final. However, Neville believes the absence of the Manchester City star won’t be decisive for England’s game.

He told

Sky Sports


"It would be a blow for Phil Foden personally and for the team because he is an important part of those six or seven forward players that we have that float around Harry Kane.

"One of the great strengths in this tournament is that you can start Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling and bring on Jack Grealish or Jadon Sancho or Phil Foden and not really drop in quality that much.

"We have got an exceptional amount of talent in those positions.

"We are better in the latter half of games, the danger against Italy is that if we do start badly in that first half an hour then the Italians will punish us more than Denmark did.

"You don’t want to be behind to a team with the defensive record that they have.

"It's important that Foden is fit for him personally but if not then an injury is an injury, it's important that we have a lot of players who are fit in those positions going into the last 20 minutes of games which has become critical for us."

source: SportMob