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Gary Lineker Arrogantly Claims Kyle Walker Should Be 'Rested' Against Senegal

Gary Lineker Arrogantly Claims Kyle Walker Should Be 'Rested' Against Senegal
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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There is no doubt England will enter their World Cup knockout game against Senegal as favourites, but the African champions should provide a stern test on Sunday evening.

They have shown over the last few years that they are no pushover at international level, even if they will be missing their star man in Sadio Mane. They will certainly put up a strong fight and make Gareth Southgate's side earn the result.

Despite this, some are already booking England's place in the quarter-finals.

Gary Lineker has arrogant approach to Senegal game

If England do beat Senegal, they look likely to meet France in the quarter-finals. It seems many already have their eye on that fixture despite not getting beyond the last 16 yet.

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Speaking on the BBC, Gary Lineker suggested that England should rest Kyle Walker this weekend in order to ensure he is fresh when he marks Kylian Mbappe in the next round. That is despite the fact that they haven't gotten that far in the tournament yet.

Kyle Walker should not be in England's team to play Senegal.

I'll tell you why, England cannot afford for Kyle Walker to get injured. He is just about the only fullback on the planet that can compete with Kylian Mbappe. That is the entire French team.

Why would you take the risk of him getting injured, particularly in that position.

I don't want to be arrogant and say we are taking Senegal for granted, but given the right backs England have, you have Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier who are two wonderful players, why would you risk Walker?

Lineker may claim that he is not trying to be arrogant, but it is difficult to take this statement in any other way.

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Many viewers, including England fans, were not impressed with his suggestion.

Of course, England have been guilty of underestimating opponents at major tournaments in the past, often with disastrous consequences.

They may be the favourites against Senegal, but an attitude such as this one will do them no favours.

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