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The Three Lions take on Germany in the last-16 at Wembley Stadium next Tuesday.
Gareth Southgate has quite the selection dilemma, with Mason Mount available and Bukayo Saka as well as Grealish staking a claim for another start following their starring roles against the Czech Republic.
But despite the Aston Villa star's shining role in attack, Neville would NOT start him against Germany.
The Euro 2020 pundit has personally opted for five at the back, which includes wing-backs to 'engage' with Germany's.
He'd continue with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips in midfield, while sticking with Raheem Sterling and Saka - not to mention Harry Kane up front.
England V Germany
Wing backs to match up / Engage Germany's
Saka and Sterling left higher in channels v Germany wide CB
Rice / Philips onto Kroos/ Gundagan
- Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 24, 2021
So, no place for Phil Foden and Grealish who created England's only goal on Tuesday.
Needless to say, Neville's team sent social media wild - including a tweet from Jack Wilshere.
No Grealish or Foden :astonished:
England's most talented/creative...
Atleast one has to play! Probably Grealish to help us retain ball and carry it up the pitch. Come on Gaz https://t.co/ERNvBOwrhS
- Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) June 24, 2021
The state of that!
Some of the best attacking talent this country's ever seen and we're running scared of a bang average German side.
Pitiful! Going out with a whimper.
Thought better of you @GNev2 #ENG #EURO2020 https://t.co/eI3b8pfNX5
- Michael Nichol (@Nichol_5) June 24, 2021
No Foden, Mount, Grealish, Rashford, so we've 1 player with defence frightening pace/ ability to drift passed players consistently, Sterling. Who's going to whip in great crosses for Harry, Shaw? he'll be busy! Saka played great v Czechs, this aint them. Draw team & lose on pens https://t.co/tToxSGRFN6
- Rob Walker (@RobWalk79963727) June 24, 2021
Back 5 with no Grealish....when will we learn? https://t.co/013CQ0ySbk
- Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) June 24, 2021
One wrote: "No Grealish? Are you mad he's already won the most free kicks out of anybody and set up Sterling's goal."
A second argued: "Saka not experienced enough for this big game."
A third commented: "Just when you think Southgate is a negative manager out pop Neville with this side! This is embarrassing, no other country would leave out both Foden and Grealish!"
Saka and Grealish performed brilliantly against Czech Republic, with fans and critics alike showering them with praise following their tournament outing.
Will they keep their place in the starting XI against Germany? Let us know what you think.
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