Gabby Agbonlahor has warned Manchester-based superstars Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford about losing their England place to Arsenal star Bukayo Saka in the Euros starting eleven.
The City and United attackers are almost guaranteed to start either side of Harry Kane in the competition that’s starting in nine days time. On paper, that is arguably England’s strongest attack, but Gareth Southgate has a big headache now.
Saka started for the Three Lions in their friendly against Austria last night and he was arguably the best player on the pitch. He scored the winner in the 56th minute as well, and it is safe to say, he has staked his claim for a bigger role this summer.
Agbonlahor has now sent a message to Sterling and Rashford. He believes that Saka could easily start ahead of either one of them if they aren’t too careful, and he isn’t wrong.
Speaking on TalkSport, he said: “Saka could force himself into the England side, he offers something different.
“He gets the ball and he goes past players on the outside. Players like Rashford and Sterling have to be careful because he’s there to try and take their place.”
Can Saka displace Sterling?
It is unlikely that the teenager will start every single game for England this summer. However, he has shown what he’s got for club and country over the last 12 months, and Southgate has to consider him seriously.
Sterling has had a really poor finish to the league and his confidence doesn’t seem to be where it should be. That could have an impact on his performances in the coming weeks, which could prove to be costly for the Three Lions.
If the Manchester City star isn’t at his best, Southgate has to look at other options. Saka’s performance yesterday should make him the prime candidate to replace Sterling, and the Arsenal man could well fire England to European glory if he does get that chance.
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