Ian Wright claims Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho should BEGIN before Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling for the Euro 2020 opener… while Eni Aluko says England need ‘pace’ alongside Harry Kane, while Roy Keane suggests Gareth Southgate loyalty can show to the duo
Ian Wright believes Gareth Southgate should select Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho to start alongside Harry Kane for the Euro 2020 opener against Croatia as the England boss deliberates ahead of the curtain.
While all the focus in recent weeks has been on the conundrum of the right-back, Southgate must decide who will join the England captain up front with the Three Lions who are blessed with an array of attacking prowess.
Southgate have selected no fewer than eight forwards, with Foden, Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka expected to operate on the flanks.
Ian Wright thinks England should start Phil Foden (L) and Jadon Sancho (R) against Croatia
And ITV pundits Wright, Roy Keane and Eni Aluko weighed in on the debate, with all three in agreement that Man City hotshot Foden and Dortmund youngster Sancho should start against Croatia on June 13.
“I would probably also go with Foden and Sancho, with Sterling and Rashford backing them,” Wright said ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Austria.
“It’s not a bad thing for Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling to come off the bench with the way the season has ended for them.
Gareth Southgate has been blessed with an array of attacking talent for this summer’s Euro 2020
And Ian Wright has said that youngsters Foden and Sancho should start with Harry Kane
One goal in 17 for Rashford and one in 16 for Raheem. When they come in, maybe they build more into it instead of starting with all the pressure on them.”
Keane agreed, but added that Southgate could stay with Rashford or Sterling out of “loyalty” to the two stars.
“If you’re in shape when Foden has to play, Sancho will be fine. But I think Gareth, with a bit of loyalty in play, will still look to Sterling or Rashford to be in the starting XI.
“Gareth has always gone back to these guys, they’ve never let him down. Difficult decision, but form Foden must be involved.’
Wright says Marcus Rashford (L) and Raheem Sterling (R) would benefit from getting off the couch
Roy Keane (L) said Southgate could show loyalty to Rashford and Sterling, while Eni Aluko agreed Sancho should start at Foden.
Meanwhile, former England international Aluko said the Three Lions need to go faster if Foden and Kane start, adding that Sancho is currently on the brink of starting the race.
“I think Foden should play, but you need to have some pace around Kane,” she said. “It has to be Sterling or Sancho for me, Sancho makes it for me because Sterling was out of shape, but again a shame of riches for Southgate up front.”
Southgate will have two friendlies to get his eye on his 26-man squad before England begin their European Championship journey against Croatia next weekend at Wembley.