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Saka makes history when he returns to England XI for the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark

The 19-year-old was the only change for Gareth Southgate from his team’s 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals

English manager Gareth Southgate has so far been fair in his Euro 2020 decisions, and he has made another big call by putting Bukayo Saka back in the series in place of Jadon Sancho for Wednesday’s semi-final against Denmark.

Saka reached England’s 4-0 quarter-final over Ukraine with a slight knock, with Sancho impressing in the Arsenal man’s place.

But Sancho is back on the bench for the meeting at Wembley in the only change from Saturday’s victory over Ukraine.

England’s XI

Southgate unexpectedly picked the same backline as the quarter-final, and England have so far not conceded the entire tournament.

Jordan Pickford is in goal with Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker in front of him.

Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips remain in their midfield roles, while Saka, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Harry Kane round out the series.

What was said?

There was a lot of reaction on social media to Southgate’s decision, as stars such as Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden had to be content with a place on the bench.

Saka made some history with his starting nod and became the youngest Englishman to start a match in the semi-finals or later of a major tournament.