Bukayo Saka suffered a knock in training making him an injury doubt for England quarterfinal clash against Ukraine in Rome at Euro 2020. Saka started the last two matches for England, winning the man of the match against the Czech Republic. He faces a late fitness now because of the knock he picked up in training.
“We’ve just got to check on Bukayo, who had a slight knock today (Friday),” England boss Gareth Southgate of Bukayo Saka. “Other than that everybody is available.”
Phil Foden could possibly start on the right-wing after starting the first two games in that position. Saka started the game against Germany after he was the best player on the pitch against the Czech Republic. The partnership of Foden and Jack Grealish is yet to start on either side of Kane. Southgate confirmed that it was definitely not because of the clash of styles.
“Absolutely they can work together,” he said. “They’ve played for us in the past together. We’ve just got such a strong array of attacking talent. I’ve said all along it’s impossible to keep everyone happy, to pick a team everybody will agree with. But we’ve got to pick the right players for the right moments, to sense what will cause the opposition the most problems, physically where all the players are at, when is the best time for them to have an impact.”
“They’ve all been unbelievably respectful of their teammates and the fact we have got this strength in depth,” he added. “Raheem (Sterling) has been on fire. His goals have made it more difficult for some others to get in on that left side.”
Southgate said it would be an insult to plan ahead of the quarterfinal against Ukraine. Four players are at risk to miss the semifinal due to suspension.