EURO 2020

Gary Neville Picks Best England XI for Euro 2020 Clash with Germany

Gary Neville believes Bukayo Saka must start for England
Gary Neville believes Bukayo Saka must start for England / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gary Neville has picked his starting XI for England's last 16 Euro 2020 clash with Germany next week, and believes Arsenal star Bukayo Saka deserves to start for the Three Lions.

England finished top of their group while Joachim Low’s side finished second, after they drew 2-2 with Hungary, and former England defender, Neville, has picked who he believes should start for the crunch clash at Wembley.

The former Manchester United star revealed his team choice on Twitter and suggested England could play three defenders - Kyle Walker, John Stones, and Harry Maguire, with Reece James and Luke Shaw at left and right-back, respectively.

He picked Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips in central midfield, while the front three would be comprised of Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, and Harry Kane. “Wing backs to match up / Engage Germany’s,” Neville added. “Saka and Sterling left higher in channels v Germany wide CB. “Rice / Philips onto Kroos/ Gundogan”.

Neville's former teammate, Edwin van der Sar was quick to point out that the team was missing a goalkeeper, to which Neville hilariously replied: "Preferably not".

Neville’s team would see the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Jordan Henderson, and Mason Mount benched. However, there is a chance Mount may not play any role in the game after he was forced to self-isolate alongside Ben Chilwell after the duo were spotted hugging Chelsea teammate Billy Gilmour, who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Southgate has admitted that it will be "very complicated" for the pair to feature against Low's side, but refused to rule them out completely.

"We think the quarantine ends midnight of match day," England manager Southgate said on BBC Radio 5 Live after England's win over the Czech Republic.

"What we don't know is how much training they can do and what might be possible. They can obviously train individually and we think there might be a period where they can train in groups distanced, but I'm not sure they can join in the whole group. So the reality is it's really complicated for them to start in the game next week."