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WHY ENGLAND COACH SNUBBED BUKAYO SAKA

By Olayinka Elebute

England Coach, Gareth Southgate has given reason why he did not include Arsenal’s play maker Bukayo Saka in his list for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Southgate explained that Saka was not called up because he is more of an attack-minded player than a defender, adding the Arsenal midfielder is in line to be named to the England U21 team for the Euro qualifiers next month.

“He’s obviously with the Under-21s this time and I feel he’s more of an attacking player. I know he’s played at left-back and he’s given good contributions there in an attacking sense certainly,” Southgate was quoted as saying.

“At the moment left wing-back, left side higher up the pitch, I know he’s played in midfield and on the right as well but that they would be his better positions. He’s a very exciting player.

“It is still early for him but he’s a player we like and we’re monitoring very closely. I think Phil, in particular, has been patient for his opportunity.

“We’ve taken our time with that but yeah Saka had a very good season with Arsenal, not in the team at the very end but really good season of progress and he’s a player (we’re) watching very closely.”

The 18-year-old Saka had a great season for Arsenal and his four goals and twelve assists in 38 appearances back this up. Southgate invited other Nigerians Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea.

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