Bukayo Saka is set to start England’s World Cup quarter-final against France on Saturday night, according to a report.
Matt Law reports that Gareth Southgate will name an unchanged England team for the World Cup quarter-final against France on Saturday night, meaning Bukayo Saka will join Phil Foden in the front three.
Southgate had his hand forced in the last round, to an extent, after Raheem Sterling returned to England for personal reasons.
Saka, Foden, Sterling, and Marcus Rashford have been the primary contenders for starts in the wide positions at this World Cup so far.
But with Sterling out and Rashford proving effective from the bench, it only made sense for Saka and Foden to start.
Sterling has since returned to the England camp, but David Ornstein reported on Friday that he wasn’t expected to start this match.
Saka is England’s joint-top scorer at the World Cup so far, scoring three goals in three games for Southgate’s side.
The winger appears to have carried his strong club form into the internationals, having directly contributed to 10 goals in 14 Premier League games for Arsenal this season.
Unfortunately, Saka and England are up against the tournament’s top scorer in Kylian Mbappe, who has five goals in his four appearances (three starts).
It won’t be a straightforward match by any means, but good luck to Bukayo!