Wilshere heaps praise on England duo but doubts Southgate will come to ‘right conclusion’

Joe Williams
Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere has warned that England boss Gareth Southgate may not do “what many might feel is the right conclusion” by starting Marcus Rashford against Senegal.

The 104th meeting of the old rivals ended with last year’s European Championship runners-up wrapping up top spot in Group B on Tuesday evening at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Rashford’s brilliant free-kick and fizzing strike came either side of Foden’s goal in Tuesday’s 3-0 triumph against Wales, who head home as England gear up for the last 16.

England will now face Senegal on Sunday after the AFCON champions finished as runners-up to the Netherlands in Group A.

But despite Rashford and Foden’s positive displays on Tuesday night, former England midfielder Wilshere isn’t sure Southgate will start them against Senegal.

Wilshere told The Sun: “I love Phil Foden, I’ve made that pretty clear. And, when he turned and had a shot as we approached the break, you could see that he was getting into his stride.

“His tricky run produced the free-kick from which Marcus Rashford scored a beautiful opening goal.

“Foden then got one for himself from Harry Kane’s cross, before Rashford got that third one to round off a great display.

“Rashford has his swagger back and he’ll be fuming he didn’t get a hat-trick because he will feel he should have buried his first chance when Kane put him through and Wales keeper Danny Ward saved.

“I was listening to the TV commentators saying Rashford has to start against Senegal in the last 16 on Sunday. But we should take a step back before jumping to what many might feel is the right conclusion.

“Just because he’s scored two goals against Wales doesn’t make him an automatic pick for the next game. Senegal will be a very different type of team and probably a tougher proposition than the insipid Welsh.

“We have to plan properly and Southgate has proved how he will pick the right team for the right occasion. I thought Wales were going to have a go, show us their passion, be committed and make it a fight. But I was disappointed that they didn’t do that.

“In truth, offensively, they didn’t show us anything. Yes, they made it difficult for us in the first half early on, but only by sitting back and putting everybody behind the ball. At no point did they try to put us under any pressure.”

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