Gary Neville shares whether he thinks Raheem Sterling should be starting England's next game vs Senegal
Gary Neville has admitted he wouldn’t start Chelsea star Raheem Sterling in England’s game against Senegal at the World Cup.
England will face African champions Senegal this Sunday in the last-16 of the World Cup, with a spot in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
The Three Lions secured top spot in Group B yesterday by beating rivals Wales 3-0, with Marcus Rashford (two) and Phil Foden scoring after promotions to the starting line-up.
Gareth Southgate now has a huge dilemma on his hands when it comes to team selection against Senegal because there’s so much talent in the forward areas of the pitch.
Sterling, who rarely lets his country down, started in both of England’s opening two group stage matches. Bukayo Saka started both games on the opposite wing, too. However, the duo were unused substitutes last night against Wales as Southgate opted to rotate his squad.
Neville wouldn’t start Sterling against Senegal
Sky Sports pundit Neville suggests any of England’s wingers deserve to play on the weekend, but he would stick with Rashford and Foden after their goals against Wales.
Therefore, he would leave out Sterling from his starting XI, who has more England caps than anyone else in the current squad.
“I would keep those two in at the moment [Rashford and Foden], but I love Raheem Sterling. I love Saka as well. I couldn’t really complain, if any of them were in. Raheem Sterling has been a brilliant performer for Gareth Southgate so it’s really difficult to see what could happen,” Neville told Sky Sports.
Southgate needs to just go with his gut when choosing his starting line-up against Senegal.
There’s likely to be debate and outrage with whatever England team is picked, but it’s important to remember how important the substitutes are likely to be.
The experience and quality that 27-year-old Sterling has shown in the biggest international tournaments should give him a great chance of a recall to the XI. He did score earlier on in the tournament during the 6-2 thrashing of Iran.
However, it would be a bold call to leave out Rashford and Foden after their eye-catching performances yesterday.