Jude Bellingham and Lando Norris send Bukayo Saka heartfelt message after England Euro 2024 win

Bukayo Saka of England Jordan Pickford of England Jude Bellingham of England John Stones of England Harry Kane of England celebrate with the fans after their sides victory   the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between England and Switzerland at Düsseldorf Arena on July 06, 2024
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Bukayo Saka has been heaped with praise following England's win over Switzerland in the Euro 2024 quarter-final. The 22-year-old winger salvaged the Three Lions' title dreams with a spectacular strike from range just moments after falling behind.

With a quarter of an hour left on the clock, Breel Embolo dealt England a devastating blow and fired Murat Yakin's side ahead. No more than five minutes later, Saka netted an equaliser with a tremendous curling effort from outside the box to send the tie to extra-time.

England managed to hold on, and a penalty shootout ensued. Gareth Southgate's side waltzed away 5-4 victors, with Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold all converting their spot-kicks.

After the game, the Arsenal star marked the victory with a celebratory post on Instagram that racked up over 750,000 likes in just 12 hours. Saka uploaded a picture of himself holding the man of the match trophy, with the caption: "GOD’S CHILD [Angel emoji]!!"

By Sunday lunchtime, over 20,000 people had commented on his post to celebrate his brilliant performance – but a few stood out. Lando Norris, Gordon Ramsey and Skepta all congratulated Saka for helping England reach the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Bellingham dedicated an Instagram story post to the Gunners talisman. The Real Madrid midfielder wrote: "The stones on this guy man, some player!"

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Jadon Sancho also had some kind words for Saka. The duo and Marcus Rashford missed penalties for England at the Euro 2020 final against Italy. On his Instagram story, he wrote: "I'm so proud of this guy! [red heart emoji] You did it for me and Marcus brother [praying emoji]!"

Speaking to reporters after the game, Saka explained how he's overcome the setback at Wembley Stadium a few years ago. He said: "I think for me it’s something I embrace. You can fail once but you have a choice whether you put yourself in that position again or not.

"I’m a guy who is going to put myself in that position. I believed in myself. When I saw the ball hit the net, I was a very happy man. I’m not going to be focusing on the past. That’s done.

"I can only focus on now and taking a penalty. Of course I know there’s a lot of nervous people watching, my family included and in the crowd. But I kept my cool and I scored."