Bukayo Saka has compelled his manner into the dialog about England’s beginning XI to face Croatia within the Euro 2020 opener.
Within the absence of Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Mason Mount, Saka seized his alternative by scoring the winner within the 1-Zero victory over Austria on Wednesday evening.
It capped off a terrific particular person efficiency, which stood out in a reasonably tepid show from the Three Lions.
And reacting to the match on talkSPORT, former Premier League stars Jamie O’Hara and Gabby Agbonlahor prompt the Arsenal teenager may take Sterling or Rashford’s place on the wing this summer season.
“Saka may power himself into the England aspect, he provides one thing totally different,” ex-Aston Villa ahead Agbonlahor stated.
“He will get the ball and he goes previous gamers on the surface.
“Gamers like Rashford and Sterling must watch out as a result of he’s there to try to take their place.”
And O’Hara agreed. The ex-Tottenham midfielder stated: “The 2 greatest performances on the pitch have been Jack Grealish and Saka.
“Saka was spectacular, he could possibly be an actual weapon for England.”
In the meantime, England supervisor Gareth Southgate was filled with reward for the 19-year-old, whose efficiency got here as no shock given an excellent season with Arsenal.
The Three Lions boss advised talkSPORT: “I assumed he had an excellent recreation. Proper from the beginning, he was combining effectively in between the strains.
“He performs with an actual maturity and confidence. He’s impressed us ever since he joined up.
“He performed in a workforce at a giant membership in a troublesome season and confirmed an actual consistency – and he confirmed that tonight.”