Rashford should target Koulibaly, says Tony Adams ahead of knockouts


By Yusuf Mutiu

Former Arsenal skipper, Tony Adams has told England Gaffer, Gareth Southgate to let in-form forward, Marcus Rashford to target Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly when England take on Senegal in the 2022 FIFA World Cup round of 16 encounter on Sunday.

The former England defender believes that the Chelsea center half will be exposed in a 1v1 situation if the help he needs doesn’t arrive, and such weakness should be exploited.

England advanced to the round of 16 stages with seven points after wins over Wales and Iran and a draw against USMNT, while Senegal secured two wins against Ecuador and Qatar and a defeat against Netherlands.

“As a defence, you’ve to make play predictable, you’ve to be solid, and you’ve to work together, making sure there are no holes, communicating with your keeper, your full-backs and your midfield,” Adams told the Sun.

“Koulibaly will get exposed one versus one without the help he needs around him, and that is when the likes of Marcus Rashford can exploit him.

“I remember our old Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger getting us to do one vs one in training using the whole pitch.

“There was a lightning-quick Thierry Henry against me.

“I have got no full-backs or midfield in front of me, and Thierry, with his pace and skill, just went past me.

“I walked in and said to Arsene: “Don’t ever do that to me again. I have spent my whole career playing, so I don’t get into that situation by working with the rest of the defence.

“That was how I was so successful, making sure the unit was always solid, and no one was left isolated


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