Arsenal's Saka shares the one-word he said before England v Germany started
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka admits that he just said one-word as he took in his surroundings before England’s game against Germany on Tuesday, in an interview with TalkSPORT.
The Arsenal youngster was a surprise starter for England against Germany, as they won 2-0 to seal one of their most famous victories in living memory.
Saka forced his way into England’s starting line-up with an excellent performance against the Czech Republic.
And before what was arguably the biggest game of his career to date, the Arsenal youngster was keen to soak in the atmosphere.
He said: “When I came out I just looked up and said to myself ‘wow’, I literally said it.
“It was just crazy. It was almost as if the stadium was full. When you sing the national anthem I don’t usually sing that much, but I was singing!
“Everyone was up on their feet and you could feel the energy in the stadium. You could tell how big the game was and how much it meant to the fans.”
The noise and energy inside the stadium seemed to inspire Saka, as he was England’s brightest player in the early stages of the game.
The Arsenal prospect may have faded slightly as the game went on, but his pace and directness clearly caused some issues for Germany early on.
Saka now has a real chance of playing a major role for England over the remainder of the tournament.
The teenager may not start against the Ukraine on Saturday, but he will surely be one of Southgate’s most trusted substitutes, after impressing so much in his last two outings.