Phil Foden praises Bukayo Saka after Arsenal star's goal in England win
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Phil Foden praises Bukayo Saka after Arsenal star's goal in England win

Phil Foden has told ITV (broadcast on 4/12; 21:05) that Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka is really good at being in the right place at the right time after he scored England’s final goal in their last 16 win over Senegal on Sunday.

The Three Lions have set up a mouthwatering quarter-final against France after a 3-0 win over the AFCON champions. Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane found the back of the net towards the end of the first-half.

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It was Saka who made the game safe just before the hour. Foden managed to thread a ball into the Arsenal man’s path. And Saka produced a brilliantly deft finish to lift the ball over Edouard Mendy for England’s third.

Foden praises Saka

Saka reacted fastest when Foden found himself in possession on the left flank. And he made sure that he got himself into the right position to get onto the end of his cross.

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Certainly, the Manchester City sensation was not at all surprised to see Saka make the right movement as he discussed the third goal after the final whistle.

“I see him lingering around at the back post and Bukayo is really good at that, being in the right place at the right time, and thankfully I found him,” he told ITV.

Picking Saka was arguably a brave call from Gareth Southgate. Marcus Rashford had been superb in England’s final group-stage game.

But ultimately, the decision was completely vindicated. Only Kylian Mbappe has found the back of the net more often at this tournament than the Gunners youngster.

And in all competitions for club and country, Saka now has eight goals and seven assists.

It is a remarkable return. But it certainly does highlight how Saka does indeed always seem to put himself in exactly the right position.

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