England Manager, Southgate Explains Why He Called Bukayo Saka Up

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England manager, Gareth Southgate, has explained why he handed Arsenal's Bukayo Saka his first call up to the senior national team.

The Anglo-Nigerian was invited for England’s upcoming European Nations League games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark in the coming weeks. 

His invite however means the player has selected England, where he was born, over Nigeria, where his parents came from. 

Asked about Saka’s decision to snub Nigeria, Southgate was quoted as saying by Metro : “I’ve not talked specifically to Bukayo about that.

“I think so many of our players are eligible for dual-nationality, sometimes for more than two countries.”

However the England manager appeared to have selected Saka for his versatility. 

Capable of playing as a left-back, left wing-back, attacking midfielder, left winger and right winger, Saka’s versatility convinced Southgate to hand him his maiden call-up to England’s senior team after only one cap for the Young Lions at U21 level.

“We’ve been impressed with his progress through our system. I thought at times for Arsenal last year, at times really exciting,” Southgate said. 

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“Still very young, still learning, of course, but improving all the time. High potential, real good quality.

“Everybody that’s worked with him tells me he’s a very level-headed, intelligent boy.

“So it’s an area of the pitch we’re keen to look at a different profile of player. He can play a number of different roles very comfortably.”

Saka has received his first call-up to England’s senior team after only 45 games for Arsenal’s first team and he was in action for 3,084 minutes across all competitions.


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