GARY LINEKER has claimed Trent Alexander-Arnold or Kieran Trippier should start England’s round of 16 clash with Senegal.
The ex-Three Lions forward believes Gareth Southgate cannot “take the risk” of key man Kyle Walker getting injured.
Lineker believes Manchester City ace Walker, 32, should be cotton-packed for the Senegal meeting.
A win over the Africa Cup of Nations champions would send England into the quarter-finals where current holders France are their opponents if they defeat Poland.
And Lineker believes Walker is the only player who can take on French superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe, 23, is the joint top scorer at the World Cup, scoring three times in three games.
For this reason, according to the BBC presenter, Southgate Walker should not risk playing against Senegal in the event of injury.
Lineker stated: “Kyle Walker shouldn’t be in England’s side to play against Senegal.”
Explaining his reasoning, Lineker continued: “England can’t afford for Walker to get injured because he’s probably pretty much the only full-back on the planet who can match Kylian Mbappe and that’s the French team.
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“How would you take the risk, why would you take the risk of him getting hurt?”
Walker missed the first two games of the World Cup while continuing to recover from a groin injury that sidelined him since early October.
Then came the 3-0 win over Wales.
But Lineker claimed: “I don’t want to be arrogant and say we take Senegal for granted because what I’m saying is given the right-backs that England have, if you’ve got either Trent Alexander -[Arnold] or Kieran Tripper, two wonderful players, why risk Walker?”
Walker has been capped 71 times by England and is in his fourth major tournament for the Three Lions.
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