English officials intend to use Bukayo Saka in their scheme to stop Kylian Mbappe.
Three England players have been identified, including Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, who will be crucial in limiting Kylian Mbappe’s effect when the Three Lions play France in the World Cup quarterfinals.
The competition’s leading scorer at the moment is France’s Kylian Mbappe, but Gareth Southgate has devised a strategy to halt the 23-year-old.
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After an impressive brace against Poland in the round of 16, Mbappe became the undisputed top scorer at the World Cup. He has since scored five goals for France in Qatar. The sensation for Paris Saint-Germain has terrorized every defense he has faced thus far, scoring in each match he has started for Didier Deschamps‘ team.
Since England is their next opponent and a berth in the semifinals is up for grabs, France will probably be hoping that this is still the case. Although England hasn’t given up a goal since their first group game and has scored 12 goals throughout the tournament, it will likely be France’s hardest test.
With Mbappe in excellent form and presumably facing Kyle Walker, keeping a clean sheet for a fourth straight game will be a huge challenge for England. Prior to the match, the Manchester City defender addressed Mbappe and insisted that despite playing against “one of the finest in the world,” he would not “stretch out the red carpet” for the 23-year-old.
Walker, who has been sidelined for a significant portion of City’s season due to a groin injury, appears to be getting some assistance from Saka and another English player in Southgate’s strategy to counter Mbappe’s threat.
The Independent claims that on Friday, Southgate and his staff were still making final adjustments to the England team. Key players in the team to stop Mbappe have been identified as Saka, Walker, and Jordan Henderson.
The Three Lions could have enough defense against Mbappe while maintaining their own structure and threat, according to the England camp’s belief, thanks to the Arsenal star’s excellent tactical ability. With Walker lining up behind him and Henderson scurrying over from the center of the field.
With France expected to dominate the match, there have been suggestions to repeat Southgate’s decision to use a back five against Germany and Italy in Euro 2021. However, Matt Law reports that England will start the same lineup against the world champions in the quarterfinals.