'Very lively': Ray Parlour shares whether Raheem Sterling should be starting for England against Senegal

Ray Parlour has picked his preferred England line-up to face Senegal this weekend at the World Cup, which doesn’t include Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling.

England are currently preparing to face African champions Senegal on Sunday night in the last-16 of the World Cup. There’s a good chance of seeing plenty of Chelsea representatives, too.

Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy are ever-presents in the Senegal XI, so Blues supporters should expect to see them. As for England, the Chelsea trio of Sterling, Mason Mount and Conor Gallagher are in the Three Lions squad.

Sterling and Mount started two of England’s three group stage matches, but were both rested against Wales. Will Gareth Southgate recall either to the side on Sunday, though?

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Parlour doesn’t include Sterling

TalkSPORT pundit Parlour would omit Sterling from the England XI against Senegal:

“My attacking four is very, very lively. I’ve got [Bukayo] Saka on the right… I’ve got [Marcus] Rashford off the left. I’ve got [Phil] Foden down the middle behind Harry Kane,” Parlour told talkSPORT.

With so much attacking talent available to Southgate, there’s going to be a lot of debate around the starting team.

For Sterling, he’s the most experienced England player with the most caps and the go-to individual for this manager. In our view, that’s why he’ll return to the side against Senegal.

Gary Neville has predicted Chelsea’s 27-year-old winger is going to start on Sunday.

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Sterling will surely play some kind of role for England tomorrow, but will it be from the start or off the bench?

His experience and know-how in international tournament football should give him a big advantage, despite the fact his own form has been a little mixed since he joined Chelsea in the summer.

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