Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher agree Man Utd and Arsenal stars Jesse Lingard and Bukayo Saka should not make England squad

Sky Sports Pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are seen on the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on January 19, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Carragher and Neville think Lingard and Saka should miss out (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville agree there will be some big-name casualties when Gareth Southgate names his squad for the postponed Euros and think Jesse Lingard, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho will all miss out.

In devising their preferred summer squads, it became clear that Neville and Carragher would leave the trio at home this summer, despite all featuring for their country in the past 12 months.

Saka, Carragher feels, is a victim of his adaptability and will miss out because Southgate wouldn’t trust him to deputise at left-back in big games.

‘Saka, I wanted him to be in it,’ Carragher told Sky Sports. ‘He can play so many positions and that in some people’s eyes might be a strength. But for me it was almost a weakness.

‘At first I had him in ahead of [Ben] Chilwell but I was thinking, if Luke Shaw got injured in the first game, would you really want Saka, who sometimes plays on the right wing, as the left-back in a back four? I looked at that and I think I went with the safe option.’

Neville also believes Saka doesn’t merit a place ahead of other attacking options.

Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on March 20, 2021 in St Albans, England.
Will Saka miss out? (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I love Saka but who would you leave out? That’s the question you’ve got to ask,’ added Neville.

‘Would you leave [Jack] Grealish out? Would you leave [Phil] Foden out? Would you leave [Mason] Mount out? No, I wouldn’t.

‘We’re going to have to get through these games against top opposition by having less of the ball, and I just think that having a defender who’s not a defender most of the time is not something Gareth is going to do. He’s not going to take that risk.’

The presence of Grealish, Foden and Mount should also, in their opinion, spell the end of Lingard and Sancho’s hopes.

‘Jadon Sancho is playing at a really high level and his numbers are off the scale with Borussia Dortmund,’ said Carragher.

‘I’ve just never been fully convinced in an England shirt yet and, with the emergence of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish as part of the front three, someone had to miss out.’

On Lingard, Carragher added: ‘I just think with Mount, Foden and Grealish, not exactly the same but those types of players, I couldn’t leave one of them out.

‘Lingard’s probably got the energy and the pace really but I couldn’t get him in.”

Neville replied: ‘I came to the same conclusion. If you’ve got Mount, Grealish, Sterling and Foden, you’ve got enough players who can play in that connection position and do that role.’

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