Southgate made Saka sit on the bench in the match against Wales today (November 29). Instead, he named a trio of strikers including Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden.
Here is England’s starting line-up against Wales:
England are on track to qualify for the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup. They can qualify if they avoid defeat to Wales.
Southgate may have decided to rotate his squad to keep some of his players healthy for the knockout stages. Instead, he has decided to opt for Manchester City prodigy Foden, who has received limited game time so far in this league.
However, Southgate’s decision to leave Bukayo Saka on the bench did not go well with football fans on Twitter. Some fans think that the Three Lions will lose to Wales without the young Arsenal player. Some others even stated that they would not watch the match due to his absence.
Here are a few tweets about that:
Saka is one of the most influential attacking players of the Three Lions at this FIFA World Cup. The Arsenal man scored a brace against Iran in the opening match of the tournament, which ended in a 6-2 win for Southgate’s side. However, he failed to score against the United States as the game ended 0-0.
Saka has also had some great form for Arsenal during the 2022-23 season before the World Cup. The 21-year-old attacker has contributed four goals and six assists for the Gunners in 14 Premier League appearances.
How can England qualify for the knockout round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
He is currently in the strongest position in Group B to win the right to the Round of 16. They have now won four points from their opening two games.
The opportunity for the Three Lions to win tickets to the knockout round is quite simple. A win over Wales will secure the top spot. They can still top the table even if it is a draw if the US does not beat Iran by more than 4 goals.
If England top the group, they will face Senegal in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup on Saturday (December 3). However, if they finish second in Group B, they will meet the Netherlands.
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