Harry Redknapp names the one England player who could drop out for Denmark match

Harry Redknapp has heaped praise on Gareth Southgate for refusing to bow to outside pressure during England’s Euro 2020 campaign and believes Jadon Sancho is the only player who could drop out for tomorrow’s semi-final with Denmark.

Victory over Kasper Hjulmand’s dangerous Danish side would secure the Three Lions a spot in their first final at a major tournament since 1966.

England made two changes as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Ukraine – with Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount replacing Bukayo Saka and Kieran Trippier in the starting XI – and Southgate has some unenviable selection decisions to make ahead of the side’s return to Wembley.

The likes of Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker will all be confident of continuing their run in the side – with England yet to concede at the tournament – but Southgate’s attack is far harder to predict and Redknapp feels Manchester United new boy Sancho may be vulnerable.

‘Gareth has stuck with what he believes is the team to win every game. He’s changed the team almost every game but whatever he’s come up with has been the right formula,’ the former West Ham, Tottenham and QPR manager told Sky Sports.

‘Tomorrow he may make one change I would imagine, possibly, or he may stick with the team that won the other night.

‘If he does make a change there’s probably only one change that he could make. Whether he leaves the lad Sancho in who is an outstanding player, there’s no doubt about that.

‘But whether he decides to tweak in that position again, that’s a possibility.

‘Other than that, I think the other ten will be pretty much nailed on.’

Asked whether he would opt for Sancho or Saka, Redknapp replied: ‘It’s a difficult one. [Phil] Foden… would you bring Foden back? Would you play [Jack] Grealish with [Raheem] Sterling and [Harry] Kane?

‘He’s got so many great options, we’ve got such an amazing group of players.

‘You look at the squad, the strength in depth, the players that haven’t even played. It’s a fantastic position to be in for Gareth with so many good players around.

‘But whatever he comes up with, I’m sure he’ll pick the right team again and I really feel pretty confident that we will win the game.’

Saka had been a doubt after missing England’s win over Ukraine due to a minor injury but Southgate has since confirmed that the Arsenal youngster is available to take on Denmark.

‘He should be fine,’ he told reporters at the weekend.

‘He did declare himself available for the [Ukraine] game but we had not really had the chance to see him on the pitch and working at the level we felt would vindicate that decision.

‘He will go back into full training with the group on Monday and he should be fine.’

The England head coach acknowledges that some players will inevitably be left disappointed with his team selection tomorrow night.

He added: ‘I’ve said all along it’s impossible to keep everyone happy, to pick a team everybody will agree with.

‘But we’ve got to pick the right players for the right moments, to sense what will cause the opposition the most problems, physically where all the players are at, when is the best time for them to have an impact.

‘They’ve all been unbelievably respectful of their team-mates and the fact we have got this strength in depth.

‘Raheem has been on fire. His goals have made it more difficult for some others to get in on that left side.’

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