Bukayo Saka hopes match-winning England display against Austria offered Gareth Southgate food for thought

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Bukayo Saka hopes match-winning England display against Austria offered Gareth Southgate food for thought
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Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka hopes he and fellow teenager Jude Bellingham gave Gareth Southgate food for thought after starring for England in the win over Austria.

Saka scored his first goal for the Three Lions in Middlesbrough as they won 1-0 in the first of their two warm-up games for Euro 2020.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham, who is still only 17, also shone and impressed in the middle of midfield.

And asked whether he and Bellingham had shown Southgate that they have what it takes to start at the Euros, Saka said: “That’s what we try to do with every opportunity we get to show the manager that we can play.

“I hope me and Jude did that tonight.”

Saka has enjoyed a brilliant season for Arsenal and his call-up to the England squad for the Euros is recognition of that.

The 19-year-old played nearly every game for the Gunners, but has dismissed fears he could suffer from burnout this summer.

“I think I did play a lot of minutes this season, but I think it was really important that they gave us the time off before we met up for the internationals,” he said.

“I had a good five days to really relax and I think that’s really helped me in terms of recharging my batteries and getting me the energy back that I need to go and push to give my all for this tournament when I’m needed.”

The goal against Austria was Saka’s first for his country and capped off an amazing week for the teenager.

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“I think this is a moment I dreamed of as a kid, to score my first goal for my country,” he said.

“I’ve come close to it in previous camps, I’m just happy to get the first one. It’s an amazing feeling that I hope I can feel many more times.

“It is hard to describe. I think, first of all, the feeling of being selected for the Euros is already just amazing and then now to get my first goal is even better.

“There’s just so many good things coming my way and I have to thank God for the blessings, because it is all because of God. I’m just really happy that I can experiences these things.”

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