'They're saying': Ian Wright shares the reason he's heard England subbed off Bukayo Saka against France
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'They're saying': Ian Wright shares the reason he's heard England subbed off Bukayo Saka against France

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka couldn’t prevent England suffering a heart-breaking defeat at the France on Saturday.

The Three Lions’ World Cup dream once again ended at the quarter-final stage after a 2-1 loss.

Speaking on his podcast, Ian Wright has been reflecting on the match.

He was incredibly complimentary about Saka, and impressed with his performance against Les Bleus.

Saka was up against Theo Hernandez, and got the better of the Frenchman for much of the game.

Although the 21-year-old was dispossessed, perhaps unfairly, for France’s first goal, Saka more than made amends.

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His darting run into the box drew a foul from Aurelien Tchouameni, and Harry Kane converted from the spot.

The game was in the balance until Olivier Giroud put France ahead again with just over ten minutes to go.

Southgate used this opportunity to substitute Saka, bringing on Raheem Sterling in his place.

Wright has now shared that he thinks Saka had a knock, and that’s why he was replaced.

It would make sense, with the young winger terrorising Hernandez, who was likely relieved to see the back of him.

Wright now thinks Saka had a knock

Speaking on his podcast, the Arsenal legend said: “I thought that the substitutions were good. They’re saying that Saka may have had a little knock.

“He started to tear Hernandez to pieces. He didn’t know what to do with him.

“If he [Saka] stays on, we win the game, if he wasn’t injured. I can’t see any other reason for him to be taken off.

“In the first-half he was getting into it, and they got away with some fouls on him, and they got it off of him to go and score the first goal.

“But you could see that he was just fractions away from it happening, the touch, the movement, and then they just get a toe in.

“And in the second-half, he just went. It’s like when [Kylian] Mbappe gets the ball, it does what he wants, and only time he’ll lose it is when he messes up what he’s trying to do.

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“Saka wasn’t messing up what he was trying to do, they had to foul him.”

The last thing Arsenal would need right now is Saka to have picked up a serious knock.

Losing Gabriel Jesus to a serious injury is already going to force Mikel Arteta to re-think his starting line-up.

Saka will be coming back to Arsenal in brilliant form, and really enhanced his reputation in Qatar.

He’s now set to be a key player as the Gunners chase a very unlikely Premier League title.

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