Gareth Southgate says he would be “more than happy” if his daughter brought Bukayo Saka home.
Arsenal starlet Saka, 20, has shone for club and country while he has never been affected by the abuse on social media following his miss in the penalty shoot-out in last summer’s Euros final. Three Lions forward Saka was voted Arsenal’s Player of the Year, has nailed down a regular place for his country but has also been a big personality on and off the pitch.
England boss Southgate said the way he reacted and put last summer behind him was outstanding but he says he always believed he would handle it because he is such a popular and grounded member of the squad.
Southgate said: “I don’t know if it’s a surprise, because of how he is. He’s got brilliant support and a great family. His value have been brilliant with him and here, he’s felt the love of the players and staff immediately. “That will have helped, in the immediate aftermath for him. He’s a fantastic talent. He’s one that’s possibly less appreciated because his profile isn’t quite the same as some of our other attacking players.
“He just quietly goes about his job, but I think you see the consistency of his performances and quality of his play. He scores goals, he makes goals and defends for the team. He’s a fabulous kid. If your daughter brings Bukayo home you’d be more than happy.”
Saka met Prince Charles at Clarence House on Thursday to celebrate the contribution of the people of the Commonwealth and the United Kingdom.
Saka has two years left on his current contract at the Emirates and Arsenal are desperate to renew his deal as he has become one of the most sought after young players in Europe.
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