Raheem Sterling shares what he said to Arsenal star Bukayo Saka after the England game
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka delivered a magnificent performance for England in their Euro 2020 Group D final game.
Gareth Southgate started the Gunners ace in Tuesday’s game against Czech Republic and he justified his inclusion.
Saka brought England’s attack to life with a bright display on the right flank, and started the move which led to the Three Lions’ goal.
He took on his full-back whenever he could, and showed plenty of energy and confidence throughout the encounter.
Speaking after the game, goalscorer Raheem Sterling waxed lyrical about Saka’s efforts on the night.
“I thought Bukayo Saka was brilliant,” BBC Sport quotes Sterling as saying.
“I told him after the game that he got in the pockets of space, drove at people, he was direct and that’s what you need. It’s a credit to him.
“He’s tough, he’s funny, he gets on with everyone in the dressing room – I’m buzzing for him.”
Saka is ‘fearless’
England icon Chris Waddle praised Saka after the game.
Bukayo Saka is very positive,” he said on BBC Sport.
“He likes to take people on, he’s got vision, he’s got pace.
“I just think he gives something we’ve been looking for.
“Energy, takes people on, takes risks and he’d be difficult to play against whoever they play against.
“He’s young, he’s fearless and it shows the way he plays.
“You can tell he’s enjoying it, he probably thought he wouldn’t be in this tournament and he’s one of those who we say go out and enjoy this tournament and he is.”
Shining for Arsenal and England
The Gunners endured a difficult season last time out, but Saka was one of their shining lights.
He enjoyed a truly outstanding second season in the Arsenal first team.
Saka made 46 appearances for Arsenal in 2020-21, registering seven goals and 10 assists.
Prior to Euro 2020, Gunners legend Ian Wright described him as a “generational talent”.