England boss Gareth Southgate reveals why he picked Bukayo Saka ahead of Jadon Sancho against Denmark

Gareth Southgate has spoken to ITV ahead of kick-off to discuss his plans for this evening’s semi-final, the decision to select teenager Bukayo Saka, and the pleasure of playing at Wembley.

“We’ve kept things as normal as possible. Over the last few years, the players have gained big match experience and there’s hardly an experience they’ve not been through.

“We need to be able to deal with [Denmark’s] play between the lines, stop their presses and use the ball in the way we have in the last few matches, with the movement that will cause them problems.

“What [Bukayo Saka] has done in the previous matches, he has embraced that challenge. We were pleased with Jadon [Sancho] at the weekend but felt in terms of the balance for tonight, Bukayo was the right choice.

“I’m pretty sure there’s not a team who takes to the pitch without pressure so I don’t buy that [England have more pressure]. But the players have coped with it really well.

“For us, it’s great to be at Wembley. We hope the fans are enjoying it as much as we are. We hope we can give them what they want tonight.”