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Bukayo Saka replaces Marcus Rashford for England’s clash with Senegal

Bukayo Saka was recalled for England’s World Cup clash with Senegal (Martin Rickett/PA)
Bukayo Saka was recalled for England’s World Cup clash with Senegal (Martin Rickett/PA)

Bukayo Saka replaced Marcus Rashford in England’s starting line-up for their World Cup last-16 clash against Senegal, with Raheem Sterling unavailable due to a family matter.

The return of Saka in place of three-goal leading scorer Rashford was the only change Gareth Southgate made for the tie at Al Bayt Stadium.

Saka, who netted a brace in England’s opening 6-2 win over Iran, was rested for the final Group B game against Wales, where Rashford also scored twice in a 3-0 victory.

England v Senegal – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Round of 16 – Al Bayt Stadium
Bukayo Saka (right) has replaced Marcus Rashford (left) in the England side for  Sunday’s clash (Mike Egerton/PA)

But England boss Southgate opted to recall the Arsenal man for the first knockout stage, with Phil Foden and Jordan Henderson retaining their places in the side.

Sterling will take no part in the match, however.

The Chelsea winger was expected to be among England’s substitutes but he will be absent as he deals with a family issue.

Southgate told ITV1: “He’s dealing with a family matter so I had quite a bit of time with him this morning but I’ve now had to pass that on to other people to help him with that.”

Asked if Sterling would remain with the squad if England progressed, Southgate added: “He’s going to go and deal with that matter and then we’ll have to take it from there really.”

Sterling scored in England’s win over Iran and retained his place for the goalless draw against the United States before dropping to the bench for the Wales match.

Senegal were without Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye through suspension and showed two alterations from the 2-1 win over Ecuador which saw them through to the knockout stage for the first time in 20 years.

Leicester’s Nampalys Mendy replaced Gueye with Krepin Diatta also coming in – while Chelsea pair Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly were named in the side, along with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr