Gary Neville explains belief that Bukayo Saka will be dropped for Euro 2020 final

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Gary Neville has somewhat surprisingly predicted that Bukayo Saka will be dropped to the bench for England's upcoming Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday.

The 19-year-old has featured in three games in the tournament so far, and started in the 2-1 last-four victory over Denmark on Wednesday before being replaced by Jack Grealish with 20 minutes to go.

Given his impressive showing against the Danes, many are of the opinion that the Arsenal winger will be given the nod by Gareth Southgate again on the biggest stage of all at the weekend.

But speaking to Sky Sports Neville suggested that the occasion may just be too much for the teenager, and tipped Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho to replace him in the line-up.

Bukayo Saka again impressed against Denmark
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

"I agreed with bringing him [Saka] back last night because I felt he had been the most lively of the wide players, along with Raheem Sterling," Neville said.

"I am not sure he will start Sunday. I think that might just be too much for him.

"What he did last night, the amount he has given in this tournament, I just feel we will see somebody else.

"I look at [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Leonardo] Bonucci, and I think, who wouldn’t they like to have in those wide areas, making those inside runs?

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"And I actually think it could be a game for [Marcus] Rashford or [Jadon] Sancho to accompany Sterling in those wide positions.

"I think those wide positions need to be quick players, who make out to in runs, so I don’t think we will see Saka on Sunday."

Neville also drew on his own experiences playing in a big tournament as a youngster to explain why he would be worried for Saka in the final.

He added: "I think it might be one game too much for him. I was there in Euro 1996 as a 21-year-old and I was absolutely exhausted as I went through the tournament.

"I just feel that, on Sunday, he may be a handy sub to have and he [Southgate] may bring in other players, who haven’t played on Wednesday night."

Former Gunners striker Ian Wright was full of praise for Saka following Wednesday's game.

He told ITV: “We’re talking about someone that joined Arsenal’s academy at age seven. He’s progressed through, he’s always been somebody that’s played at a higher level

“He’s played for England since he was 16, he’s played at every level. He’s not just arrived here, he’s somebody that was destined to do what he’s doing right now.

“That’s why everyone at Arsenal knows what he’s capable of, and we’re seeing it right now.”

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