Jose Mourinho predicts if Arsenal's Bukayo Saka will start Euro 2020 final
Jose Mourinho thinks that Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka is going to start the Euro 2020 final for England, as per his comments on TalkSPORT.
Saka has now started three of England’s last four matches, with the Arsenal youngster’s importance to his national side growing during the tournament.
It was widely expected that Saka would simply play a rotational role at the tournament heading into the summer.
However, Southgate has shown great faith in the Arsenal academy graduate since he put in an impressive performance against the Czech Republic in the group stages.
England’s team almost picks itself at this stage, with 10 starting places all looking fairly secure.
But the place to start down England’s right flank is arguably the most hotly contested.
Saka has the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden all eyeing up the slot.
Gary Neville has actually said to Sky that he thinks Southgate will drop the Arsenal man for the final.
But Mourinho thinks differently. He said: “I played an 18 year old player in the Champions League final and he’s still the youngest player to score in a Champions League final. No problem.
“Of course, we coaches normally think about all these details but in the end when we make these kind of decisions we are sure what we are doing.
“I think the kid is proving my experience theory, which is that experience has nothing to do with age, it has a lot to do with the way you think and live.
“And I think the kid has a good experience in the best league in the world, playing in a big club like Arsenal every weekend and I think he is showing great personality. I don’t think Gareth is going to leave him out.”
If Saka does start then it will be the biggest game of his career so far, but the Arsenal prospect has shown no fear since bursting on the scene.
Saka now is one of Arsenal’s most important players, and his showings on the international stage have really proven what a talent that Mikel Arteta’s side have coming through their ranks.