Bukayo Saka has been called up to the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Poland, San Marino and Albania.
It’s the Hale End academy product’s third consecutive call-up to the Three Lions side after initially making his debut back in October during the win over Wales.
The star has enjoyed a fine campaign with Arsenal, scoring six goals and assisting a further seven in all competitions whilst winning the club’s player of the month award three times.
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England boss Gareth Southgate spoke highly of the ace at the start of the month, claiming the 19-year-old is a ‘breath of fresh air’, alongside Arsenal teammate Emile Smith Rowe.
His rise from youth team player to England squad regular has been a steep incline. The youngster burst onto the scene at the mere age of 17, however, has already gone on to be one of the Gunners’ best players and a key member of Gareth Southgate’s national side.
However, if you’re associated with the Emirates Stadium giants, you’ll probably be watching the internationals from behind the sofa with hands over your face. His withdrawal at half-time in the north London derby with a minor muscle injury is a stark reminder of just how much football the young attacker has played this season.
With just months until the start of the European Championships, you feel Saka is certain to be included in the final squad. But the threat of injury still looms large and Southgate must ensure he does his best to keep the star fit.