Trippier, Foden and Saka could all feature at some point in the semi-final, though not all in the starting XI
England are expected to stick with back four for Wednesday night’s European Championship semi-final against Denmark.
Gareth Southgate, the England manager, could hand a recall to fit-again Bukayo Saka in place of Jadon Sancho, with Mason Mount in line to keep his place.
Jack Grealish, who did not get on against Ukraine, has also been ear-marked for a special role from the substitutes’ bench if the game is tight or England fall behind.
The team for the match at Wembley will be announced before kick-off, which is at 8pm. We asked our writers to name the team they would pick.
There will be a temptation to match up Denmark’s 3-4-3 formation and especially to nullify the threat of left wing-back Joakim Maehle. Bring in Kieran Trippier to do a specific job on Maehle. Bukayo Saka deserves a recall and is also more willing to make the recovery runs to help out Trippier.
Jason Burt’s XI to face Denmark
By the logic that you do not interfere unduly with a team that won England’s first Euros quarter-final for 25 years, and by a four-goal margin to boot, I would suggest only one change to the line-up that eclipsed Ukraine. Kyle Walker still did not fully convince at right-back, carelessly giving the ball away to Roman Yaremchuk. It is time, surely, for Kieran Trippier, fortified by his two seasons under the aegis of Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid, to fill the breach. Judging by his fifth-minute free-kick against Croatia in 2018, he loves nothing better than a major tournament semi-final.
Oliver Brown’s XI to face Denmark
I’ve given up trying to push for Foden in the central playmaker position. England scored four against Ukraine without him or Grealish in the side. Southgate obviously knows what he is doing. Perhaps the conversation with Grealish after the final whistle in Rome was the England manager telling his low-socked conjuror to get ready for this one. Smart money says he goes back to Saka.
Sam Wallace’s XI to face Denmark
Going three-at-the-back against Germany suited this team against teams of better quality. It means sacrificing Sancho for Trippier from the side that beat Ukraine but would give England a solid base to build from. Mount has to play and although he would start on the right it would be a free role to link midfield and attack.
Mike McGrath’s XI to face Denmark
It took most of the tournament but Saturday’s 4-0 win against Ukraine felt like Gareth Southgate finding his best team. Nine players now largely pick themselves – and there is also good cover through the squad – but the places of Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount remain up for debate. Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka have had excellent tournaments but, with Phil Foden, can still play a huge role from the substitutes’ bench.
Jeremy Wilson’s XI to face Denmark
Gareth Southgate has managed his players brilliantly at Euro 2020, with clever team selection and formation tweaks, yet there are unlikely to be many changes for the Denmark game. Jadon Sancho seized his chance impressively against Ukraine, so perhaps the only reshuffle could see Jack Grealish replacing Mason Mount.
John Percy’s XI to face Denmark
An almost impossibly tough call between Sancho and Saka for the right-sided attacking position. I would lean towards Saka, ever so slightly, because of his defensive diligence. So much of Denmark’s threat comes from their left-wing back, Joakim Maehle, and Saka has the defensive discipline to stay with him when he pushes forward.
Sam Dean’s XI to face Denmark
Gareth Southgate likes to tinker and we will once again have people clamouring for Grealish to start and possibly Saka to return. But I thought Sancho added some ballast with his direct dribbling and looks more likely to score than Saka. So same team – I can’t really see why you would change it after a 4-0 win but, given everything up to this point, no complaint at all if Southgate does.
Luke Edwards’ XI to face Denmark
Same again, lads. Knowing Southgate and his diligent team of analysts, they will have spotted a flaw in the Danish camp which makes this the ideal game for Conor Coady to make his tournament bow. So be it. Otherwise, everything went so perfectly in Rome it seems illogical to change. But having said the same for the last three games, it may be wise to defer to the coach.
Chris Bascombe’s XI to face Denmark
Gareth Southgate has rotated and freshened up the team impressively throughout the tournament but he may be resistant to changing a winning side after such an accomplished showing against Ukraine. Perhaps there is an argument for bringing in Phil Foden for one of Jadon Sancho or Mason Mount, who expended an awful lot of energy on Saturday evening, but there is probably enough of a rest period between the games for Southgate not to be unduly concerned about fatigue.
James Ducker’s XI to face Denmark
Team more or less picks itself now apart from at right wing where I’d bring back Phil Foden. Harsh on Saka and Sancho but feel Denmark could be a game that needs guile more than pace. Would turn to Saka or Sancho if level or behind after an hour, who can then run at a tiring defence.
Thom Gibbs’ XI to face Denmark
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