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Bukayo Saka keeps England place but several key stars benched for Germany clash

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Saka was chosen ahead of Phil Foden
Saka was chosen ahead of Phil Foden / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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Bukayo Saka has kept his place in the England starting XI ahead of their Euro 2020 round of 16 crunch match against Germany.

The Three Lions look set to revert to a back three to match the system their opponents at Wembley have used all tournament.

Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker have been selected as centre-backs, while Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw are playing right and left wing-back respectively. In midfield Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips have been chosen.

They will play behind a front three of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Saka. This leaves England with an extremely strong bench with Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are capable of changing the game.

There is no place in the 23-man squad for Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Ben Chilwell, while Arsenal target Ben White is also not on the bench.

Germany, meanwhile, make three changes from the side that sneaked through to the round of 16, despite drawing 2-2 to Hungary last time out. Bayern Munich legend Manuel Neuer starts in goal, behind a back three of Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels and Antonio Rudiger.

Joshua Kimmich and Robin Gosens look set to continue at wing-back while Ilkay Gundogan and Leon Goretzka - who scored a late equaliser against Hungary - are in centre-midfield.

Only one of the front three who played against Hungary keep their place. Kai Havertz remains but both Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry have been dropped for Chelsea man Timo Werner and Thomas Muller.

Die Mannschaft have plenty of firepower from the bench to call upon. As well as Sane and Gnabry, Jamal Musiala - who turned down the chance to play for England - could also feature. The game will kick off at 5pm GMT, with the winner moving on to play either Sweden or Ukraine in the quarter-finals.


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