Bukayo Saka or Ainsley Maitland-Niles are likely to get their England debut against Denmark on Wednesday night, due to various absences.

England's defender Bukayo Saka (L) and Wales' midfielder Tyler Roberts compete for the ball during the international friendly football match between England and Wales at Wembley stadium in north London on October 8, 2020. (Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
England’s defender Bukayo Saka (L) and Wales’ midfielder Tyler Roberts compete on October 8, 2020. (Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Both Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are in contention for a first competitive England start on Wednesday night. The players ahead of them like Ben Chilwell (injury) and Kieran Trippier (disciplinary hearing) are unavailable at left-back.

Sky Sports report that Gareth Southgate is likely to turn to one of the Arsenal players at his disposal, with each of them featuring on the left for part of the match against Wales last week. Saka started that day, with Maitland-Niles coming off the bench.

Given that game was a friendly, neither player has started in a competitive international match so far. Maitland-Niles played three minutes of a Nations League game last month (also against Denmark), but that’s it.

Saka actually missed out on the squad to face Belgium this week, due to just how many players got call-ups for the break.

Southgate didn’t have enough space on the bench for all of them, but there’s no injury problem for the Arsenal man. Saka was fit and travelled with the team to train on the Wembley pitch.

You’d gamble that Saka is the more likely to start, after getting the nod against Wales. But perhaps Southgate will want to give Maitland-Niles an opportunity to prove himself in the side instead. Good luck to whichever one of them ends up out there!